‘Tax reform key to making Thailand a welfare state’

Experts believe country has potential to cover basic needs at reasonable cost

A REFORMED tax-collection system and strong social-democratic political groups are needed in order to make the country a welfare state, experts said yesterday.

Speaking at the Chulalongkorn University College of Population Studies on the possibility of Thailand becoming a welfare state, experts said the Kingdom had the potential if the taxation system were improved and there were intensive collaboration among social-development groups to call for policy changes.

Pasuk Phongpaichit, a professor at the faculty of economics, Chulalongkorn University, said that by reforming the tax-collection system, the government would have enough money to provide universal fundamental welfare to everyone in the country.

“The World Bank has suggested that if we could improve the taxation system to close all the loopholes, the government could gain up to 5 per cent of gross domestic product, money that could be spent on social welfare,” Pasuk said.

About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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