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Thailand approves 30K baht tax deduction to stimulate domestic spending

The campaign offers taxpayers income tax deductions of up to 30,000 baht when purchasing products and services with a value-added tax (VAT) component, but excludes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, lottery tickets, fuel, accommodation and air tickets.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – A meeting of cabinet ministers has approved the Shop Dee Mee Kuen campaign, aimed at stimulating domestic spending, taking effect from October 23rd to December 31st this year.

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The Government Spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri, said today that the cabinet had approved the Shop Dee Mee Kuen campaign, as proposed by the Ministry of Finance.

Tax deductions of up to 30,000 baht

The campaign offers taxpayers income tax deductions of up to 30,000 baht when purchasing products and services with a value-added tax (VAT) component.

The products and services include books and One Tambon One Product (OTOP) goods, but exclude alcoholic beverages, tobacco, lottery tickets, fuel, accommodation and air tickets.

Those who are eligible will have to file for their rebates on March 2021.

This economic stimulus measure will run from October 23rd to the end of this year. Eligible individuals do not include people participating in the project to increase the purchasing power of welfare card holders or the co-pay project.

3.7 million people are expected to apply

Some 3.7 million people are expected to use Shop Dee Mee Kuen privileges, which will mean that the government will lose about 14 billion baht in revenue. However, the campaign is expected to inject 111 billion baht into the domestic economy, boosting the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country by 0.03 percent this year.

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