Thailand refuses 7% VAT for Individual Crypto Investors

Regulating digital currencies and ICO began: Thailand’s Revenue Department has claimed that it will refuse the 7% tax for individual cryptocurrency investors 
17 May 2018   975

The order to afford the legal framework for cryptocurrencies and ICOs in Thailand went into effect on Monday. According to the report of Nation Multimedia, Cryptocurrency transactions are to revenue tax for both private firms and individual investors. It was announced at a press conference on Tuesday:

The Revenue Department will waive value-added tax for people trading in cryptocurrencies on exchange markets approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Individuals will still have to pay a 15 percent capital gains tax, also known as a withholding tax, on income earned in a transaction.
Saroch Thongpracum
Director of Legal Affairs, Thailand’s Revenue Department

The VAT abdication for individual crypto traders is to “reduce their tax burden,” the publication noted, adding that the Revenue Department “would issue a regulation waiving the 7 percent VAT for individual investors.” Also, as the news outlet declared, “Under the new law, private companies launching ICOs have to pay corporate income tax on the funds they raise from the exercise.”

The Thai SEC will be the fundamental regulator of crypto assets. Three groups of crypto operators will be ordered: brokers, dealers, and ICO portals. They must gain  licenses from the Finance Minister, according to the department’s spokesperson. 

The Commission expects to issue regulations on cryptocurrencies and ICOs by the end of June after holding a public hearing, as claimed by the SEC chief.

The public hearing will take 2-3 weeks because investments in digital tokens are complicated and carry high risks. The new regulation aims to provide protection for general investors since only investors who have knowledge of ICO issuance or digital-asset transactions should be allowed to engaging in this kind of trading.
Rapee Sucharitakul
Secretary-General, SEC 

During this time, ICOs are banned in the country. The central bank has requested financial establishments in the country to persist from dealing with cryptocurrency transactions.

TON Mainnet May be Launched in March

During January there should be a meeting of the project investors with a TON demonstration 
23 January 2019   75

Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain platform can be presented at the 49th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. However, there is no official information about Pavel Durov’s speech at WEF yet.

At the same time, according to The Bell, during January there should be a meeting of the largest project investors with a demonstration of the test version of TON. The launch of the main network is expected in March.

According to the latest TON roadmap, which appeared in the Telegram-channel @Tgram in early January, the launch of the main network may be postponed for 2-3 months due to the “innovative nature of the development”.

TON is about 90% ready, and the latest news about the platform will appear in February 2019. At the same time, an audit of Testnet is scheduled in order to find errors and flaws.

Pavel Durov hadn't provide any official comment on the situation.

Note that initially the launch of a test network for TON was planned for the second quarter of 2018. At the end of the same year, a full launch of the platform and the Telegram Wallet wallet was planned.

Earlier it became known that Pavel Durov filed an application for the liquidation of the Telegram Messenger LLP. According to the assumption of some experts, the decision will relate exclusively to changes in the corporate structure of the company.