Category: Administrative Law

Introduction to the Technology Transfer Plan

Foreign investors in Thailand, who will be investing a majority of the capital in a business venture, have the option of applying for a Foreign Business License if the intended business is restricted under the Foreign Business Act of 1999. However, in order for the application to be approved, an important requirement is that the […]

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Income Tax Implications for Loans Between Private Companies

A Revenue Department Advisory Opinion issued on January 21, 2015 provided guidance regarding income tax implications for loans issued between private companies. The facts were that Company A was registered as a limited company, with an unspecified amount of registered capital, and with no branch offices. The accounting period of the company was April 1 […]

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Thailand: Guidance Regarding Zero Percent Value Added Tax

In principle, the Thai value-added tax (VAT) system should only apply to the sale of goods and services that occur within Thailand. However, going strictly according to legal principles, the Thai Revenue Code applies VAT to sale of goods and services outside of Thailand, but applies a tax rate of zero percent, rather than exempting […]

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Unregistered Condominium Projects in Thailand

In Thailand, the Condominium Act of B.E. 2522 (1979) provides for the registration of a condominium project. In order to register a condominium project, the developer must owned the land upon which the condominium project is situated. Once the project is registered, the Land Department official is able to issue title deeds for individual units […]

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Government Fees for Representative Office in Thailand

The Thai government charges a fee for the issuance of a Foreign Business License (a permit required for foreigners to operate restricted businesses in Thailand) which vary depending on the type of business and on how the foreigner operates businesses. The government fee depends on the type of business that the foreigner will be engaging […]

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Revised Board of Investment Policy

The Board of Investment (BOI) of Thailand has revised its investment policy in order to account for the changes in both the Thai and global economies. The BOI has announced a goal for its new policy which is based on promoting “investments offering value,” both within Thailand and for Thai investment overseas. The new policy […]

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Foreign Business Law of Thailand Q and A

The foreign business law of Thailand is quite in depth, so it is helpful to review a more detailed series of questions, especially some often over-looked points, for the benefit of foreign investors interested in doing business in Thailand. Starting from what time can a foreign company that has received permission to operate business in […]

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Foreign Business Act: Manufacturing For Hire

Manufacturing is generally not restricted by the Foreign Business Act of 1999 which means that foreigners are allowed to operate such businesses in Thailand without having to apply for a Foreign Business License. However, one unclear point regarding manufacturing is whether manufacturing products according to specific customer orders is restricted to foreigners under the Foreign […]

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Direct Selling under the Foreign Business Act

Direct sales or direct marketing generally refers to the the selling or marketing of goods and services by independent sales agent to consumers directly at their home or workplace. In Thailand, the Direct Sales and Marketing Act of B.E. 2545 (2002) defines the terms as follows: “Direct sales” refers to the marketing of goods or […]

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Foreign Business License: Regional Office

Foreign multinational companies with business operations in the ASEAN region or Asia may consider setting up a regional office in Thailand as a support hub for their corporate network in the region. Nevertheless, the regional office is considered a “service” business within the definition of category (21) of List Three annexed to the Foreign Business […]

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