Deputy finance minister Wisudhi Srisuphan indicated in July 2016 the ministry was coordinating with the Ministry of Science and Technology to incentivize private sector businesses into investing in analysis and development programs.
The government plans to enable companies with investment cost in analysis and development of not far more than Bt3 million to deduct these costs from their taxes. Previously the maximum allowance was double these fees, whereas the new plan will allow a threefold or 300 percent rebate.
The Revenue Department director-general, Prasong Phunthanet, is arranging to introduce a program that will allow a twofold tax deduction for companies that employ the elderly in the form of a tax rebate of up to 10 % for the linked expenses of doing so.
The program applies to elderly personnel up to the age of 65 years, and up to a salary of Bt15,000 a month. The government is hoping this will encourage private sector companies to employ mostly reduce level workers.
If the strategy receives approval, businesses can take advantage of the rebates in their 2016 corporate tax year.
Added adjustments have been approved associated to the structure of private revenue tax. Set to take effect starting in the 2017 tax year, it will see these earning a month-to-month income of up to Bt25,833 no longer be liable for personal income tax following hikes in the caps on individual and expense allowances come into force.
Approval was provided to the boost in expense allowance cap to 50 % of annual earnings, but not exceeding Bt100,000. The personal allowance was doubled to Bt60,000.
The new legislation will also eradicate the cap on kid allowance, which at present is limited to three young children. The allowance per kid will double to Bt30,000.
The new structure includes increases in the income band for the 30 % bracket to Bt2-5 million from Bt2-4 million, with the best rate of 35 % beginning from Bt5 million. The 5, ten, 15, 20 and 25 % earnings brackets remain unchanged.
The adjustments reflect the two tax deduction schemes the government rolled out for the New Year and conventional Thai New Year (in mid April) holidays. For the Thai New Year, recognized as Songkran, the tax deduction scheme permitted taxpayers spending on dining and travelling domestically within the kingdom to use this against their taxable income. The New Year scheme put in spot in December 2015 permitted a tax deduction of up to Bt15,000 on purchases produced for the duration of the New Year holiday.
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