Category: Administrative Law

Thailand Foreign Business License: Rental Services

“Rental services” refers to procuring immovable property, such as land or office space, or movable property, such as machinery, equipment or motor vehicles for lease to customers. Rental services falls within Category (21) of List Three annexed to the Foreign Business Act of 1999. Therefore, any foreigners that plan to engage in rental services in […]

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Registering a Trademark under Thai Law

An important principle of Thai trademark law is that words directly referencing the quality or character of the goods will not be deemed distinct and cannot be registered as a trademark. Section 7(2) of the Trademark Act of B.E. 2534 (1991). However, paragraph three of Section 7 also states that a trademark may also be […]

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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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Section 10 of the Foreign Business Act

Foreigners who operate a business in Thailand under a treaty to which Thailand is bound, such as Americans who open a company under the Thai-U.S. Treaty of Amity have their rights to operate business confirmed under Section 10 paragraph two of the Foreign Business Act of 1999 which states as follows: “Foreigners operating businesses specified […]

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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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Foreign Business License: Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Services

A common business activity for foreign multinationals that set up business operations in Thailand is installation, repair, and maintenance services. This refers to the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery, tools, and equipment used in the manufacturing process. However, this business activity falls within the scope of Category (21) of List Three of the Foreign […]

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Challenging Condominium Resolutions under Thai Law

Do owners of condominium units in Thailand have the right to challenge unlawful resolutions passed by a general meeting of the condominium’s co-owners? The Condominium Act of B.E. 2522 (1979), amended as recently as 1999, has detailed rules regarding general meetings of the co-owners, but in fact does not have any provision addressing the cancellation […]

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Import/Export Companies and Tax Implications for Defective Goods

A common problem faced by import/export companies is when goods that are ordered from overseas turn out to be defective. International traders in Thailand should be aware that there are tax implications arising under the Revenue Code regarding their defective stock. Further guidance is provided in Revenue Department Advisory Opinion No. Gor Kor. 0702/8141 issued […]

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