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SURVEY: Digital Nomads--Good for Thailand or not?


SURVEY: Digital Nomads--Good for Thailand or not?  

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Korn Chatikavanij, a former finance minister, has suggested that Thailand specifically court digital nomads to work in Thailand.  In your opinion, is this a worthwhile endeavor?  

 

Feel free to leave a comment.

 

Read more here:   https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1187354-make-thailand-a-hub-for-digital-nomads-suggests-influential-thai-politician/

 

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Money being spent and shared locally creating jobs for others is always a good thing.

No, young people should be forced to freeze back home until they reach retirement age

They are an irrelevance.

Need to see the details first.  As it stands now a Work Permit would be required and that is a can of worms no digital nomad wants to open. At the extreme it could lead to deportation.

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They need an easy way to get a Thai work Permit and become completely legal as a resident tax-payer.

 

Must have mandatory insurance or Social Security coverage and mimimum bank balance like a retiree.

 

It would be very good for Thai economy, in my opinion. As long as it doesn't turn into hub of tax evaders making lives difficult through new rules effecting those of that do things completely legally.

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43 minutes ago, ukrules said:

They are an irrelevance.

If treated as such, yes they are. It could be an opportunity to have a start-up incubator in Thailand, which could lead to a few successes creating jobs in a higher category than being <deleted> up to the sky on the rice fields. But that's not the goal is it.

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1 hour ago, Andyfez said:

Seeing as digital nomads don't pay tax, and choose where they want to live already.

What real benefits could be offered to persuade them to stay here?

Tax reductions? No.

I can only think visa paperwork would ask more questions than now, making it more complicated.

I'm kind of a digital nomad. I got work permit and pay tax on thailand.

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1 hour ago, Andyfez said:

Seeing as digital nomads don't pay tax, and choose where they want to live already.

What real benefits could be offered to persuade them to stay here?

Tax reductions? No.

I can only think visa paperwork would ask more questions than now, making it more complicated.

I would be happy to work and pay taxes in thailand. Unfortunately I can't register as freelancer.

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44 minutes ago, LNKDES1 said:

True, but the number of retired expats unable to return should be a greater priority. They would spend much more money than the nomads, as their numbers would be far higher. 

Retired expats unable to return are most likely still sending money into Thailand to pay off their partner's houses etc etc.

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