Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation is coordinating with the Department of Land Transport to enforce legal actions against 114 luxury car importers that were found to have evaded paying taxes on 854 imported cars.
Pol Lt Col Phayao Thongsen, deputy director-general of the DSI, announced at a press conference yesterday that the DSI is seeking information from the DLT on the owners of the cars imported between 2012 and 2014.
He said a total of 10 teams were assigned to collect all the information the authorities would require to initiate legal action against the car dealers, whose actions caused a loss of 2.6 billion baht in customs fees, local fees, and value-added taxes.
Pol Lt Col Phayao said that the luxury cars were imported from the United Kingdom. Adding the DSI aims to complete its investigation within four months after each team has handled 83 cars and 12-13 importers.
In addition, the Regional Special Investigations Division is reportedly investigating a tax evasion case involving 574 other luxury vehicles.
According to a DSI source, the department permitted the DLT to return 20 luxury cars that had not been taxed after the owners paid the import duty.