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Thailand VAT on foreign e-commerce

  • Nov 26, 2017 | Richard Asquith

Thailand VAT on foreign e-commerce

Thailands Revenue Department has proposed extending the VAT on online non-resident sellers of goods to consumers.  Currently, there is an VAT exemption of 1,500 baht on any imports.

The new liability would come into force from 1 January 2018.

The measure is designed to equalise the tax treatment with Thailand-based e-retailers, and to prevent the domination of the market by one or two single players. Much of Thailand’s e-commerce market is provided by sellers from China.

Malaysia also recently proposed leaving GST on foreign online markets for sales of goods and digital services.


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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.