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    NZ Herald article

    ...sugesting, "Tax marijuana, build more schools and watch crime go down, writes Matt Heath."

    Same goes for Thailand.
    Increase in tax revenue.
    Increase in Tourism.
    Nobody loses and many gain.

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    More dopeheads means less actual work and a weaker economy.

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    In Portugal where they decriminalized the lot, they didn't see a significant increase in drug use.
    What they did see was a decrease of drug use among younger people.

    And the Portuguese model is just a half measure, without any tax revenue advantages for the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    Same goes for Thailand.
    Increase in tax revenue.
    Increase in Tourism.
    Nobody loses and many gain.
    A bit naive?

    Whilst I do agree that without taxation the government cannot provide services. This model only works if the government actually cares about the population. Thailand is relatively rich. If they wanted to they could have a much better system of education. Mothers would actually discipline their male children, etc.

    In Asia it would be mostly: Increase tax means more money to be skimmed.

    Does Thailand need more Chinese tourists?
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Increase in tax revenue.
    If it is done through increasing the tax base, sure. Simply increasing existing taxes - no.

    In point of fact, new regulations coming in on personal tax will see my personal income tax bill reduced quite a lot (think it will come in in 2017).

    However, there are far too many people NOT paying tax (at both the high end and the lower end).

    I believe the figure is around 10% - i.e. only 10% of the population actually pay any income tax.

    As I have said before - my income is made up of multiple income streams - some taxed at source - some not. I have to put in an extra form to report that income (and pay the tax on it). I know that many of my (Thai) colleagues do not report the extra income streams and therefore do not pay tax on it. Don't get me wrong, these are not "under the counter payments" or anything like that - they are completely legitimate, but highly variable income streams.

    And again, don't get me wrong - I am not a saint by declaring all my income and paying tax on it - I just know as a foreigner if I did not pay tax on all of it - some Thai with an axe to grind would dob me in in a heartbeat. Working rule of Thailand - cover your ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Increase in tax revenue.
    If it is done through increasing the tax base, sure. Simply increasing existing taxes - no.

    In point of fact, new regulations coming in on personal tax will see my personal income tax bill reduced quite a lot (think it will come in in 2017).

    However, there are far too many people NOT paying tax (at both the high end and the lower end).

    I believe the figure is around 10% - i.e. only 10% of the population actually pay any income tax.

    As I have said before - my income is made up of multiple income streams - some taxed at source - some not. I have to put in an extra form to report that income (and pay the tax on it). I know that many of my (Thai) colleagues do not report the extra income streams and therefore do not pay tax on it. Don't get me wrong, these are not "under the counter payments" or anything like that - they are completely legitimate, but highly variable income streams.

    And again, don't get me wrong - I am not a saint by declaring all my income and paying tax on it - I just know as a foreigner if I did not pay tax on all of it - some Thai with an axe to grind would dob me in in a heartbeat. Working rule of Thailand - cover your ass.
    No, I mean tax the pot. Regulate the farms (the only legitimate growing), and also tax on the retailed pot (again, in regulated shops). It would be a whole new industry from farm to processing plant (ready rolled?) to retail.
    It's not the Chinese it would bring in, it's Westerners.

    Like alcohol, there should be limits and regulation. Also laws covering stoned drivers etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    A bit naive?
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Mothers would actually discipline their male children, etc.
    A bit naive?
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    In Asia it would be mostly: Increase tax means more money to be skimmed.
    Agree 100%

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