Stephen J. Dann
~ ITPA ~
UK Tax Advisor

Thailand Double Tax Treaty - Teachers' Tax Exemption

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In the past twelve years I have obtained ThB 172,830,900 of tax treaty refunds for 516 teachers of various nationalities including British, American, Canadian and Australian. I am the author of this article on the website for teachers in Thailand:

Stephen Dann Tax article for teachers in Thailand

Many of my clients have been resident overseas and conducting claims via email and airmail presents no significant difficulty.

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If your original teaching contract in Thailand was for no more than two years (regardless of the subject), and that initial contract covered any of the years 2015, 2016, or 2017 you are probably entitled to a refund of all Thai income tax you have paid under that contract by virtue of a Thai Double Taxation treaty. Many countries have such agreements with Thailand, but your eligibility to claim depends upon where you were resident prior to visiting Thailand, not upon your nationality.

If you meet the above criteria but are uncertain as to whether you are eligible to claim please contact me using the email facility on this page for an appraisal.

In order that I may review your situation I shall simply require a copy of your first contract for teaching in Thailand.

Where a claim is possible I can prepare and submit a repayment claim to the Revenue Department of Thailand on your behalf, and the refund will ultimately be transferred direct from the Revenue Department of Thailand to your bank account, either in Thailand or overseas

With the consent of all concerned, I am prepared to conduct shared meetings with groups of teachers which saves me repeating the same information to each individual, and which also benefits teachers through listening to other teachers' questions and reactions. As a result teachers become more knowledgeable about the process.

I am the sole director and founder of a Thai company ( Siam International Accounting Management Ltd.) and in order to assist with routine issues such as completion of forms in Thai, interpretation at meetings, and predictable day-to-day business I employ excellent Thai staff and use very precise technical translation facilities. My role is primarily that of direct contact with the teacher client and resolution of strategic issues such as challenging the Revenue Department's interpretation of legislation. We are the premier company in this field, operating now in "blue ocean" having left the sharks, amateurs and scammers fighting over the scraps left in very deep red sea of their own making. Every year there there are additions to my company's service which extend the distance between us and the rest. Cases are managed through a comprehensive database which enables data to be grouped by a wide range of criteria, enabling us to better orchestrate how we serve clients. When, for example, HSBC changed SWIFT/BIC codes from MIDL to HBUK I was able to identify all HSBC account holders and update their records quickly and efficiently. If you have heard about a company that is obtaining tax treaty refunds for international teachers, we are that company.
It should be noted that I am a specialist taxation consultant, and I do not involve myself in other kinds of work; I do not need to. A number of Thai visa lawyers have attempted to process claims without fully appreciating the implications, or the manner in which tax teaty claims in Thailand interact with the tax system of other countries. It would be fair to say that if you hand something as complex as an international tax treaty claim to a mediocre firm of visa lawyers they are likely to screw it up, but if you give the same claim to a specialist team, they will make it work. We have become attuned to signs that a school isn't honouring its commitments, or that government officials are putting up too many obstacles, and we have established methods of handling these situations. The visa lawyers are merely looking for "easy" business by providing a minimal acceptable standard of service and attempting to attract clients with lower fees, resulting in a race to the bottom which leaves no margin for resolving the obstacles which frequently arise. Claims are dependant upon highly ambiguous factors, such as the definition of a "visit" or "residence", and getting to the right answer for an individual teacher can often involve some tough negotiations. My philosopy is best described as "better before cheaper" and it would serve their interests better if visa companies concentrated on improving their performance in their core business, rather than looking for easy money from something they don't understand.

Another aspect to these claims is that I am British, and my sympathies lie firmly with the teachers whom I represent. I view it as my professional duty to obtain refunds for those teachers who have engaged me. Thai representatives view teachers first and foremost as "foreigners" and there is little interest in helping "foreigners" who have left the country, especilly if they have already made a fee payment.

If I consider that a successful double taxation treaty claim is possible, the fee will be agreed in advance, and will depend upon the dates you worked, the school involved and the availability of documents. I usually request payment of ThB 20,000 plus Thai VAT (currently ThB 1,400) before commencing a claim, and then for payment of any balance of fees once the refund cheque has arrived.

Claims submitted now should take between three months and, exceptionally, two years from filing with the Revenue Department to the date of payment.

During this time you may view general notices about the progress of claims via my Facebook page where you will find more than 100 teachers linked to me and you will promptly realise this is not a scam. In the age of Facebook, Wikileaks, and Twitter companies are better off telling people the truth which, in turn, respects employees' need to know what is really going on so that they can do their jobs. My staff are also connected to the company Facebook page.

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A successful teacher's refund cheque

Stephen Dann tax refund cheque for teacher

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Claims will not be accepted for the 2015 year after 31st October, 2018 since this presents insufficient time to prepare and submit documentation.

When you have a copy of your contract to hand please send it to me using the email facility below,


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