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New Excise Tax Ceilings Have Been Passed Into Law

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New Excise Tax Ceilings Have Been Passed Into Law

New excise tax ceiling rates have been passed into law after they were published in the Royal Gazette on Monday.

The rates set tax levels for the next 20 years and are enforceable in the next 180 days, however, the head of the Excise Department said on Tuesday some 80 other laws would have to be enacted in order for the new amendments to be used to set % increases.

Several examples of the new ceiling excise tax rates include:

A single cigarette – 5 baht
A litre of beer – 3,000 baht
A litre of carbonated soft drinks – 20 baht
A litre of diesel – 20 baht
A single service at a massage parlour – 1,000 baht
A square metre of space in a nightclub – 1,000 baht

As I mentioned the other day, no need to panic about sharp increases as those outlined above are the maximum increases over the next two decades.

5 baht for a single cigarette would see 100 baht added to a pack of 20 – that isn’t happening in one go, nor is the 1,000 baht for a massage or any of the others in the new bill.

When will we see an actual tax increases? Likely by the end of the year but not at those rates above, that’s for sure.

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Tenant Leaves Pet Crocodile In Former Home

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Tenant Leaves Pet Crocodile In Former Home

A landlord was shocked after he checked his home and found the previous tenant had left behind a pet crocodile.

Niam Ruampol, 70, visited the rental property in Samut Songkhram, central Thailand on Monday night after being told the resident had moved out.

He peered inside a newly built one-meter high concrete pool that was covered with plastic and recoiled with horror when he saw the killer reptile inside.

The frightened landlord called the animal catchers to evacuate the reptile from the property. They first threw a towel on its head to block its vision before wrestling with the beast and carrying it outside.



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Air Pollution Before And After Lockdown

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Air Pollution Before And After Lockdown

Video footage shows how clean the air is after three months of coronavirus lockdown in Bangkok.

The tropical skyline was clouded in a toxic smog made of harmful PM2.5 particles at the start of the year, caused by construction, cars and agricultural fires.

However, with many projects on hold and builders sent back home to neighbouring countries, pollution has dropped.

A blanket ban on tourists since the end of March – which is still active – has also decimated the number of cars, taxis, minivans and coaches on the road.

Astonishing footage taken this morning (June 30) in the Huai Khwang district of the capital shows the striking difference.



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Five Suffer Minor Injuries In Bus Accident

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Five injured in bus accident

Five passengers were treated for minor injuries after the bus they were travelling on ran off the highway and crashed into a ditch in Prachuap Khiri Khan province late on Monday.

The accident happened at around 11.10pm near the Bang Saphan intersection in Bang Saphan district.

Three men and two women were slightly injured. They were admitted to Bang Saphan Hospital.

The bus driver told police he left Bangkok on Monday evening with 27 passengers and two crew heading south for Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Near the Bang Saphan intersection, he said a bicycle cut in front of the bus and he swerved to avoid hitting it and rashed into the ditch which toppled the bus onto its side.

Two power poles were brought down by the bus. Damage was estimated at 200,000 baht.

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