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Thailand: Ban on Smoking on Beaches

(Oct. 26, 2017) It was reported on October 11, 2017, that the Thai government will ban smoking on 20 of the country’s popular tourist beaches beginning in November. (Thailand Bans Smoking on Beaches, THAI LAW FORUM (Oct. 11, 2017); Smoking Ban Planned at 20 Popular Beaches, BANGKOK POST (Oct. 10, 2017).)  The maximum punishment for […]

Thailand: New Law Impacts Former Prime Minister’s Appeal Against Conviction

(Oct. 24, 2017) After a trial lasting more than two years, a Bangkok court found the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, guilty of dereliction of duty and handed down a five-year prison term on September 27, 2017. The Court found that the Yingluck administration’s rice pledging deals were not managed properly and caused […]

Thailand: Amendments to Firearms Law

(Oct. 23, 2017) On October 12, 2017, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly passed amendments to the 1947 Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, and the Equivalent of Firearms Act (the Act) at the third reading, with 201 legislators in favor, one against, and five abstentions. The amendments, made to keep pace with developments in weapons technology and changes […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Thailand: Land, Building Tax Draft Considered

(Sept. 5, 2017) Thailand is considering changes to its land and buildings tax, including a provision to allow local authorities in the future to appraise property values. The current system in which sometimes rental income is used to determine tax liability will be ended.  A draft bill on the subject, prepared by the Council of […]

Thailand: New Law on Competitiveness in Targeted Industries

(Mar. 1, 2017) On February 13, 2017, the King of Thailand announced the adoption of the National Competitive Enhancement Act for Targeted Industries, BE 2560 (2017), in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand Waives Corporate Tax in Targeted Industries, THAI LAW FORUM (Feb. 22, 2017); Act to Enhance the Competitiveness of Targeted Industries B.E. 2560, 134:19 RATCHAKITCHANUBEKSA […]

Thailand: Cyber Crime Law Amended by Legislature

(Dec. 23, 2016) On December 16, 2016, Thailand’s Parliament approved an amendment to the country’s Computer Crime Act of 2007 by a unanimous vote.  It will soon be sent to King Maha Vajiralongkorn for his endorsement.  (Ram Eachambadi, Thailand Parliament Passes Controversial Cyber Crime Legislation, PAPER CHASE (Dec. 17, 2016); Thailand’s Cybercrime Act Amendment (26 […]

Thailand: Corruption Court Established

(Oct. 10, 2016) On October 4, 2016, Thailand opened a specialized corruption court, with an initial load of 70 cases. The purpose of having a dedicated court is to expand the reach of prosecution of corruption offenses to the private sector and lower levels of government and to resolve corruption cases more quickly.  (Scott Heidler, […]