Thai junta offers million baht raffle to bring tax returns online

By Orathai Sriring and Pairat Temphairojana BANGKOK (Reuters) – "Want to win a million baht? Go for e-payment," says Thailand's junta, offering a lucky draw as an incentive to use a new online payment scheme for business, in an effort to bring some of the massive informal economy onto the books and boost tax revenues. As Southeast Asian economies struggle and tax income misses budget targets, Thailand's finance minister is hopeful a nationwide e-payment scheme will add tax revenue of 100 billion baht ($2.9 billion) a year to the coffers.

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