Today, we got a question from one of our accounting clients whom we also assisted in getting BOI promotion for their software business in Thailand.

Question: As you may have already known, our sister company (which is not BOI promoted) has proposed to develop an application that will enable users to download e-books in exchange for payment on a monthly basis. Would this activity be considered as sales of goods which I believe are VAT-exempt or will this be qualified for zero rate VAT in case our customer downloaded and used the e-book abroad.


We verified it with the Thai Revenue Department and according to them, downloading of e-books is not categorized as sales of newspaper, magazine and textbook but it should be treated as a service which is subject to VAT. Hence, the zero rate VAT applies if such service is used overseas.

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