The new Land and Property Tax which will be effective from January 2020 onward, is another challenge for the Thai property market.
One of the sectors that will be impacted is vacant land. There are still many unused sites in Bangkok. Owners of these sites will have to start paying significant taxes for the first time once the new land tax comes into effect in January next year.
Many of these owners want to avoid paying the higher rate empty land tax by developing some commercial use on these sites which will generate enough income to pay the new land tax so that they do not have to sell the land.
The risk for many owners is that in their rush to develop commercial use to avoid paying the higher tax rate they create a bigger financial burden for themselves by developing inappropriate loss-making developments.
Lacking expertise, experience and market knowledge, they may end up building something for which there is no demand and end up owing the bank far more than the cost of the property tax.
For many sites, commercial development of office, retail or residential…