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Thailand Approves Tax Breaks for EVs, ‘High Potential’ Foreigners

Vehicle tax measures include reducing import duty this year and next by as much as 40% for completely built EVs priced up to 2 million baht ($61,805)

The return of Chinese tourists has created mixed feelings among neighboring countries.
China's neighbours have voiced mixed reactions to it ending its ban on overseas travel from early next month. This photo shows tourists arriving at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Nov 2021, Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters.


Thailand’s cabinet has approved tax incentives to promote a shift to electric vehicles (EVs), and to attract “high potential” foreigners to help boost the economy, the finance minister said.

The vehicle tax measures include reducing import duty this year and next by as much as 40% for completely built EVs priced up to 2 million baht ($62,000), and by 20% for those priced between 2 million and 7 million baht.

The government will cut excise tax on imported EVs to 2% from 8%, which is expected to add 7,000 EVs in the first year, Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith told a news conference.

Also approved was the slashing of income tax rates sharply from 35% to 17% for skilled foreign professionals in targeted industries or economic zones, under a previously announced plan to draw a million wealthy foreigners, including pensioners.

The EV scheme for 2022-25 was approved last week as part of a zero-emission vehicle policy and a goal of ensuring 30% of Thailand’s total auto production are EVs by 2030.

Thailand is a major regional automaker and typically produces about 2 million regular vehicles per year, for firms that include Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi.

Eligible car manufacturers will also receive subsidies of between 70,000 baht and 150,000 baht for each EV and 18,000 baht for electric motorcycles, Arkhom said.

“This is to encourage investment and employment. It’s necessary, otherwise we won’t be able to keep pace as car manufacturers and others will overtake us,” Arkhom said.

The plan to lure foreigners deemed high value seeks to add 1 trillion baht to domestic spending, boost investment by 800 billion baht and increase tax revenue by 270 billion baht over a five-year period.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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