Domestic tourism tax waiver approved

IN an effort to spur domestic tourism during this year’s last month an individual’s tourism expense up to 15,000 baht can be used as a deduction on taxable income, Thai PBS quoted Prime Minister’s Office Vice Minister Kobsak Phutrakul  as saying on Tuesday.

The cabinet on Tuesday approved the tax deduction in order to promote domestic tourism during the high season which has already started, he added.

 As earlier 15,000 baht tax deduction aimed at boosting yearend shopping can also be used for this purpose, it  takes the  total amount of tax deduction on domestic tourism to a maximum of 30,000 baht.

Tourism business in the second half of the year has been seriously affected by a sharp decline of tourist arrivals from China because of the government’s crackdown on zero-dollar package tours aimed at the Chinese. It was reported that tourist arrivals from China was down by between 60-70 percent.


Top: Tourists having fun on a Phuket beach. Photo: Chee.hong (CC-BY-2.0)


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