The state has sustained 1.8 billion baht in lost tax revenue from a total of 124 luxury cars which were imported into the country and under-declared their actual prices by car importers to avoid taxation, said Customs Department deputy director-general Chaiyuth Kamkoon.

Mr Chaiyut was speaking at a press conference held at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Tuesday (Aug 1). Also present at the press conference were DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang, DSI deputy director-general Pol Lt-Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, Foreign Trade deputy director-general Kirati Ratchano and Pol Lt-Col Pakorn Suchivakul, commander of Tax Cases Office.

Mr Chaiyuth said that the lost revenue from uncollected import taxes, amounting to 1.838 billion baht was a civil case and it did not include fine in accordance with the Customs Act, amounting to four times the actual prices of the luxury cars.

Pol Lt-Col Korrawat , meanwhile, said that 16 individuals of five groups of luxury car importers had been summoned to acknowledge the charges against them while some buyers of the under-priced luxury cars had been told to claim their 59 luxury cars, which has been confiscated by the DSI, to be kept with them.

The DSI deputy chief dismissed allegation that the DSI had dragged their feet in investigating the under-priced luxury cars, saying that DSI officials had to coordinate with the Customs Department as well as the car manufacturers to obtain necessary information to back up their case.

Mr Kirati, meanwhile, said that 20 used Japanese cars were brought back to Thailand by Thai students who studied in Japan, but it was discovered by the Foreign Trade Department that only two of them had driving licenses issued by Japanese authorities.

He added that the department then sought cooperation from the DSI to investigate the 18 other used cars whether their import documents were proper or not.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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