This post about “RMF and SSF – Personal Income Tax Saving Strategy” was updated in 2021.
RMF stands for Retirement Mutual Fund.
A taxpayer’s personal income invested in one or more RMF’s (which are in compliance with Thailand Securities and Exchange Act) (combined with contribution to provident fund and/or government pension fund) is tax exempt up to 30% of his income in the year, but not more than Baht 500,000 when combined with other retirement funds for example SSF and provident fund. The following conditions apply to RMF:
- The taxpayer has to buy RMF at least once a year and he must not cease buying RMF for more than one year continuously.
- The taxpayer has to hold the RMF for at least 5 years from the date of the first purchase and redeem it when he is at least 55 years old unless the redemption is due to disability or death. And when the taxpayer has hold the RMF for more than 5 years and is at least 55 years of age, he can stop buying RMF, or if he wants to buy more RMF, he does not need to comply with no. 1 above any more.
- The taxpayer must not receive dividends or any other money from the RMF during the holding period and must get the investment and all benefits back only on redemption.
- The taxpayer must not get a loan or take money from the RMF fund that he has invested in.
- The taxpayer must attach to his personal income tax return the certificate of RMF purchase issued by the company that manages the RMF.
SFF stands for Super Savings Fund.
Super Savings Fund is any mutual funds to promote long-term savings. A taxpayer’s personal income invested in one or more SSF’s which are in compliance with Thailand Securities and Exchange Act is tax exempt up to 30% of his income in the year, but not more than Baht 200,000. The following conditions apply to SSF:
- The taxpayer has to hold the SSF for at least 10 years from the purchase date.
- The taxpayer may use the SSF tax exemption during the years 2020 to 2024.
Contact MSNA, a Thai accounting company in Bangkok, for any tax or accounting questions.