The referendum on the draft
constitution has been staged successfully and the people have spoken. In the
same spirit, perhaps it's time that the Revenue Department listened to the
voices of troubled taxpayers and corrected some of its mistakes promptly and
In a tax
audit, nothing should be asserted by the taxpayer without the ability to verify
its accuracy. Such verification is often crucial to a taxpayer's success in
withstanding the taxman's challenge.
If not for the Songkran festival,
the news that 16 Thai names were on the infamous Panama Papers list might have
got more attention. However, more worrisome is the Offshore Leaks Database,
first released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in
2013. It exposes the names of more than 750 Thailand-based people and entities,
Thai and foreign, that are or have been connected with offshore tax-planning
structures, mostly in the British Virgin Islands and Panama.