Finance eyes taxes on unused land
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong has given a green light to slap taxes on vacant land plots, said an official.
Somchai Sajjapongse, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, said at a property seminar Tuesday that his unit is finalising details of the land tax bill. Key features of the bill are expected to be completed within this year.
He noted that the focus would be placed on unused land, to maximise land-use benefits. To discourage hoarding of land, owners may be taxed above 0.5 per cent of the land value.
Somchai said that a discussion with related agencies and the private sector (particularly property development companies) is underway, to ensure that the law would not affect their operations.
A vacant land plot generally means the plot of which less than half of the area is being used.
Somchai added that it would be checked also if the used part is for a permanent structure or for plantation purposes.
The bill is meant to enhance the countryâ€™s competitiveness and this is in line with the international trend that taxes are levied on wealth and consumption, he asserted.