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The E-Commerce Tax Losses in Thailand

Published on 01 Jul 04 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

Not only developed countries have been concerned about tax revenue losses due to e-commerce; developing countries have concerns about this form of commerce also. In a case study of Thailand, the result shows that tax revenue losses from e-commerce would be approximately 0.3% of total tax revenues if the sales tax is exempted from all e-commerce transactions. Services, banking and insurance sectors are expected to generate the largest tax losses. However, preventing tax losses is not a sufficient justification for the imposition of a new tax into the Thai tax system; other criteria such as efficiency, equity, and administrative costs should be considered. This study elaborates on these criteria and argues with current technological know-how, imposition of a new 'e-tax' into the current Thai tax system could increase horizontal and vertical equity, but it would necessitate large administrative costs which could render the tax impractical.

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Chuen-mei FAN

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