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Thai Government waives tax for venture capital firms; sets up 500-million Baht fund for start-ups

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In continuation of the Thai government’s efforts at promoting the country’s digital economy, the Thai government has recently announced the waiving of dividend and income taxes for VC firms for up to 10 years, to encourage investments into businesses and start-ups operating within the 10 supported industries, according to a report published by Thairath on May 5th, 2016.

This tax break will also apply to individuals who contribute to the partnered VC funds, and will be eligible for new businesses and start-ups established between the 1st of October to the 31st of December this year, said Deputy Minister of Finance Wisuth Srisuphan.   

Furthermore, the Ministry of Science and Technology – in partnership with various venture capital firms – has recently agreed to the establishment of a 500-million baht ‘fund-of-funds’ aimed at investing in tech start-ups operating within the supported industries.

The government’s list of supported industries include: next-generation cars, smart-electronics; affluent, medical and wellness tourism; agriculture and biotechnology; food; robotics for industry; logistics and aviation; biofuels and biochemicals; digital; and medical services. (Source: “Tax Break for Start-up Funds” – Bangkok Post,…

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