Trade War Incentive Schemes flourishing in ASEAN
Countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia have unveiled an array of incentive packages to entice businesses affected by the US-China trade war.
Governments across ASEAN have been unveiling an array of incentive packages to entice businesses affected by the US-China trade war.
Countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia have introduced tax breaks and initiatives to improve the ease of doing business whereas Vietnam, Singapore, and Cambodia have accelerated business reforms, such as executing free trade agreements (FTAs), and double taxation agreements (DTAs).
We consolidate and briefly discusses the development of each country’s incentives over the past year. The developments showcase how ASEAN members are distinguishing themselves from the fellow competition and what opportunities are available for investors looking elsewhere in Asia.
Thailand introduced a stimulus package called Thailand Plus that covers seven key points which include the introduction of new tax incentives and deductions.
Thailand already offers investors corporate income tax (CIT) exemptions through the Eastern Economic Corridor, but Thailand Plus allows companies to be eligible for further reductions if they invest at least 1 billion baht (US$32 million) and apply for the incentive before 2020.
Investors that are developing advanced technology, engaging in automation systems, or employ highly-skilled individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), can receive tax deductions of up to 200 percent.