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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 21:06
Pilotman

Teaching Online - WP needed or not?

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This has probably been answered before so apologies if it has, do I need a work permit to teach online; students outside Thailand and money not deposited in Thailand, so totally out of country, except that I am here in LOS? I am on a retirement extension of stay.  

 

Thanks in advance.

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Legally yes but in reality no as long as you keep a low profile about what you are doing.

Thanks Joe, but of course not easy when you are advertising your skills and contacts outside the country, but I take your point. 

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9 minutes ago, Pilotman said:

do I need a work permit to teach online; students outside Thailand and money not deposited in Thailand, so totally out of country, except that I am here in LOS? I am on a retirement extension of stay.  

Perfectly legal.

 

Can go to do it at any of the 1000's of Co-working spaces around Thailand that cater to such. 

 

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2014/10/thailand-immigration-officials-raid-chiang-mai-co-working-space/

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It's somehow a grey area. Technically, you'd need one, but if you keep  a low profile, nobody really cares. 

 

   Hundreds, or thousands others do it as well. I wouldn't be too concerned, if I were you. 

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Payment (royalties) from a foreign company not based in Thailand is taxable. The rate varies by country but the vast majority of source countries are taxed at 10%. One notable exception is Taiwan, which as I remember is only 5% because of the terms of a dual taxation policy.

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33 minutes ago, revup said:

Payment (royalties) from a foreign company not based in Thailand is taxable. The rate varies by country but the vast majority of source countries are taxed at 10%. One notable exception is Taiwan, which as I remember is only 5% because of the terms of a dual taxation policy.

Unless you keep the money outside of Thailand and bring it in after 1 year, then it is not taxable.

 

Therefore if you do happen to have 1 year of savings outside the country you can rotate the income and savings to be legally tax free. This doesn't mean tax rules do not apply in the country where the income was generated though and there may be a tax liability there.

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3 hours ago, NightSky said:

Unless you keep the money outside of Thailand and bring it in after 1 year, then it is not taxable.

 

Therefore if you do happen to have 1 year of savings outside the country you can rotate the income and savings to be legally tax free. This doesn't mean tax rules do not apply in the country where the income was generated though and there may be a tax liability there.

How are they to know if you had held new funds outside and then transferred them here? And have you ever heard of this being investigated by them so you have to pay an idiotic tax of your own money? If the money was made outside of Thailand it should be free and clear.. 

 

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12 hours ago, Happy Grumpy said:

Perfectly legal.

 

Can go to do it at any of the 1000's of Co-working spaces around Thailand that cater to such. 

 

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2014/10/thailand-immigration-officials-raid-chiang-mai-co-working-space/

Idiocy.  100% illegal, but as others have said, very unlikely to become any sort of issue

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4 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

How are they to know if you had held new funds outside and then transferred them here? And have you ever heard of this being investigated by them so you have to pay an idiotic tax of your own money? If the money was made outside of Thailand it should be free and clear.. 

 

No, they can not know as of the systems that are in use today.

No have never heard of anybody that has been investigated.

Yes, they should be, but that is not the legal way. The normal laws states for most countries, that if you reside over 180 days in another country, then you shall pay your tax there, otherwise you are eligable for tax in the country the money is made. it´s much more, only a quick introduction to that mine field. 🙂 

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12 hours ago, Happy Grumpy said:

Perfectly legal.

No it´s not!

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So, nobody really knows the answer, but thanks to you all anyway.  

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