Former Thai SEC chief lays out three critical issues with crypto taxations

The Thai Revenue Department is looking to impose a 15% capital gains tax on crypto trading.

A former deputy secretary-general of Thailand’s Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tipsuda Thavaramara, has come out to question the legitimacy of crypto taxation in the country.

According to a report by local newspaper The Nation, the comments from the former SEC chief come amid Thailand’s Revenue Department’s decision to discuss taxes for cryptocurrency trading. 

While praising the Revenue Department’s decision to inform relevant agencies, Thavaramara said, “Whether policies focus on the promotion of trade industry or not, the Revenue Department should collect taxes fairly under clear rules and practices.”

Thavaramara pointed out major flaws with three forms of crypto taxation that Thailand’s revenue department and many other nations have been developing.

The former SEC chief called the capital gains tax unfair and impractical since crypto exchange operators are not liable to pay investment returns to customers. She went on to discuss the complications that this form of taxation would incur in the retail payment sector, given crypto payment services would have to charge capital gains tax from customers.

Thavaramara drew attention to the likes of Singapore and Australia that have exempted crypto from value-added tax regulations. She called upon the revenue department to follow the same to promote crypto usage.

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Talking about taxation on issuing tokens, Thavaramara said tax on the issuance of debentures should not apply to the issuing of investment tokens.

The Thai government is currently mulling a 15% tax on crypto trading, and many former and current financial executives have come out to share their concerns about it. Yesterday, the Thai Stock exchange chief Pakorn Peetathawatchai said the new tax proposal would undermine growth.

After years of back and forth over the acceptance of crypto as a legitimate asset, the new dilemma seems to be around crypto taxation. Most of the countries focused on taxing crypto gains have no basic framework set in place, which makes it quite difficult to determine adequate taxation policies. Apart from Thailand, South Korea is another nation that has proposed a 20% tax on crypto gains, however, the regulations were postponed by another year due to a lack of clarity.

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