Thailand’s awaited tax framework for cryptocurrencies has been announced this week by the Thai Finance Minister, local news outlet Nikkei Asian Review reported Friday, March 30.
Apisak Tantivorawong reported during a March 27 cabinet meeting that crypto trades will be taxed with a 7 percent value added tax (VAT), and returns taxed with a 15 percent capital gains tax. The first draft of the digital asset regulations, released March 14, showed that the expected tax ceiling for the digital gains crypto tax in Thailand was 15 percent.
The previous uncertainty in Thailand surrounding crypto regulations, particularly in regards to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), had caused the Thai Digital Asset Exchange (TDAX) to pause ICOs in February in order to wait for the Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission’s (Thai SEC) release of a regulatory framework.
Earlier in February, the governor of Thailand’s central bank had asked all banks to stay away from investing and trading in cryptocurrency, as well as participating in and creating exchanges and platforms for crypto trading. This central bank circular only applied to banks, not to exchanges or other crypto services…