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Finance Ministry to launch tax refund app to boost tourism spending




BANGKOK (NNT) - The Finance Minister, Uttama Savanayana, said today the government plans to launch a tax refund mobile application by the end of this month in a bid to increase tourism spending.


The Finance Minister said after signing a memorandum of agreement with Krungthai Bank (KTB), that the Ministry would use blockchain technology in three projects, involving the Customs Department, the Revenue Department and the Public Debt Management Office.


Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and KTB will provide the general public with better access to government services, including value-added tax (VAT) refunds for tourists. The project is being carried out by the Revenue Department, the Customs Department and KTB. The Refunds app will be launched by the end of this month. The app will encourage more spending by tourists, as they will receive tax refunds faster. At least two million tourists claim a VAT refund annually, on total purchases of 50 billion baht.


The blockchain technology will also encourage people to buy government bonds online. People can buy the bonds via the Bond Direct app, which will also be launched by the end of this year.


Finance Minister Uttama said today he had instructed related agencies to finalize the Go Digital strategy within two weeks, so that concrete results can be delivered by the beginning of next year.



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Another 'big-talk-project' that may never see wings. It sounds a bit ambitious to have this up and running, digitally, in such a short time frame.


Nice photo op though. The man in the middle looks a little uncomfortable in a suit.


I wish them well.

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Just simple:reduce import tax dramatically and the revenue for the government of higher tax will be sure. Less tax, more buyers, more tax at the end for the government and that's not only fo tourists.

But that's far from Thai thinking as they make it expansive and think that attracts buyers…?

No app can help.!

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