Just recently, an extension of VAT reduction period has been approved by the Thai cabinet as a way to promote economic growth due to 2011 and 2012 floods. With this measure, VAT rates will be reduced according to the following:
- The VAT rate will again be reduced to 6.3%, effective from 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2014. Thus, the collectible VAT rate after adding municipal tax at one-ninth of the 6.3% will be 7%.
- After the above period, the VAT rate will then be returned to 9% and therefore, the collectible VAT rate after adding municipal tax at one-ninth of the 9% will total 10%.
However, one should note that this normal VAT rate of 10% has always been reduced to 7% (by way of Thai cabinet’s approval) from the time VAT was introduced into the Thai tax system decades ago as a way to boost the Thai economy.
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