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Yacht owners may face tax evasion charges

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PHUKET: The owners of three or more of the 11 yachts which were ‘arrested’ in Phuket last month may face tax evasion charges, said Yuttana Yimgarund, a chief inspector from the Thai Customs Department in Bangkok. He declined to divulge the names of the yachts or their owners. “We will have to wait for the owners to send us the papers and documents we have asked for. But from the information we have so far, we think we have a case against three or four of them,” Khun Yuttaya told the Gazette. According to the chief inspector, there are more than 500 boats in Phuket right now. Some do not have to pay taxes as they are visiting for less than six months and will not be used for commercial purposes. Boats that are in Thailand longer than six months without leaving the country, or that are being used to generate income here, must pay taxes. These taxes include import duty, excise tax, luxury tax and value added tax. They add up to a little over 210% of the value of the vessel. Any boat not complying with the tax laws is subject to confiscation, and its owners face a “large penalty” in addition to payment of all back taxes, K. Yuttaya says. “We will continue to check for boats that have not paid tax. Based on what we’ve heard from our sources [in Phuket], there are still more out there. Also, given the number of boats I’ve seen in Phuket, the tax revenue we receive should be much higher than it is. “It is unfair for those who do pay taxes,” the chief inspector observed. Prior to imposition of the duties and taxes on yachts about a year and a half ago, Phuket had a thriving yachting industry. But following the impoundment of scores of yachts by the Customs Department in the run-up to the 1998 Kings Cup, close to a hundred boats have now left Phuket for duty-free Langkawi. “Nobody will pay taxes or duties on the scale Thailand is demanding them,” said an American yachtsman who moved his boat to the Langkawi Yacht Club a year ago. “Phuket was nice, but Langkawi is nicer and it’s a far, far better place for tourists who enjoy boating.” Langkawi is about 100 miles southeast of Phuket on the Thai-Malaysian border. Most of the eleven yachts seized in Phuket last month were at sea at the time of their arrest. They are being kept at the Boat Lagoon and the Yacht Haven marina while the Customs investigation is underway.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike. The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. Pools of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was undrivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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