In February 2020, the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) approved a wide range of measures to accelerate investment and support all key sectors of the economy, from large-scale projects, to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), along with incentives to help strengthen the grassroots economy, and the tourism industry. These measures are being presented as a follow up to the Thailand Plus package announced by the BOI in September 2019, which introduced new tax incentives and deductions as well as reforms and initiatives designed to improve the ease of doing business.
One measure aims to accelerate investment in large-scale projects eligible for corporate income tax-exemptions of 5 to 8 years, by offering an additional 50% corporate income tax deduction for a period of 5 years if they realize an investment of not less than THB 500 million (USD16 million) in 2020 or a total of not less than THB 1 billion (USD 32 million) by end-2021. Qualified projects must submit applications before 30 December 2020.
To encourage the private sector to participate more actively in improving the competitiveness of the grassroots economy, in activities including agriculture and agricultural processing, light industries, and community tourism, the BOI has approved an extension and improvement of the promotion measures allowing companies to enjoy tax benefits when they invest in projects supporting the grassroots economy through enhancing the competitiveness of co-operatives and village enterprises. The new definition of qualified applicants now includes businesses that have not previously received BOI promotion privileges as long as they operate in sectors promoted by the BOI. Also, businesses currently enjoying corporate income tax exemption privileges can claim additional tax benefits if they invest or spend on supporting the grassroots economy. Applications for this scheme must be submitted by end 2021.
To support the tourism sector and encourage the development of Environmentally friendly Infrastructure in touristic areas as well as promoting tourism in less known provinces, the BOI also approved to extend the tax privileges already granted to investments in cable car projects in tourist sites to include electricity-powered tramways with investments worth at least THB 100 million (USD 3.2 million). In another measure to support tourism, the BOI approved a relaxation of the conditions for the hotel business, particularly for SME operators. Enhanced tax incentives are also given to hotels in the 55 provinces which are less known tourism destinations.
(Sources: Thai Board of Investment; Thailand Business News)