Thailand offers 5-year income tax exemption for foreign actors

Photo via The Hangover II which was filmed in Thailand in 2010

The cabinet approved a 5-year personal income tax exemption for foreign film stars who earn income from foreign movies shot in Thailand.

The government revealed they wanted to attract more film crews and expected the movie industry to generate about 17.5 billion baht over those 5 years.

The PM’s Deputy Spokesperson, Ratchada Thanadirek, says that the government wants to encourage Thailand as a film-shoot destination, and hopes movie investors will take advantage of the income tax exemption.

Ratchada says Thailand benefitted greatly from foreign film crews between 2017 to 2021, earning an average annual income of about 3.5 billion baht. Last year the kingdom generated more than 5 billion baht from the industry.

Thailand has offered several financial incentives to the film industry in the past, including a cash rebate of up to 15 to 20 percent of the expense film crews spend in Thailand. But in the past foreign stars still had to pay personal income tax.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.