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  1. Pakistan, the country deemed worthy of receiving £374,000,000 of aid from Britain last year. Immediately stopping aid payments would be one way of getting the message across that this is just barbaric. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/733594/Pakistan-tops-UK-aid-list-as-taxpayers-pay-12-billion
  2. Yes, it seems inconsistent. Perhaps it's simply down to ease of tax collection. The Income fund declares a known amount per unit to all investors at a fixed time, which they deduct the tax from for the tax department, effectively doing the job for the government. Individual investors buying and selling units over the course of a year is, as with share dealing, harder to keep track of. I also think it's likely that the sort of people who can keep hundreds of millions of baht in accumulation funds (i.e. the ones not needing a regular income from their investment) might have some influence in the way these regulations are set up. No convoluted tax avoidance schemes to get involved in, so it's a lot easier to protect your wealth here than in the West. I know of someone who sold a condo a few years back and put the money in an income fund. He treats any income as a little bonus that shows up in his account without any effort on his part ( he's an idle layabout). He claims the tax back anyway.
  3. Not sure if it's changed since 2015, but the Capital Gains section on page 2 suggests that the profit from selling mutual fund units is the same as shares sold on the SET, i.e. no tax to pay. www.pwc.com/th/en/publications/assets/thai-tax-2015-booklet-en.pdf
  4. You're misquoting me. I wrote that it was more than 30 officers. Please read. Yes, I have sources, but I don't accede to peremptory queries. However, if you could manage to stop being fractious for a moment and just ask politely, I will gladly provide them. If not, a little assiduous research on your part will confirm what I wrote.
  5. I did read. You stated that murderers won't kill again if put away for life. You're wrong, as you admit. I'll just add this: htttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Silverstein The families of Officers Clutts and Hoffman would think your "So what?" pretty callous, as would the famillies of the more than 30 offficers killed by inmates this century in the U.S.A. alone. These were men and woman just trying to pay their mortgages and put their kids through college whilst working at the sharp end in the "Protection for the general population". I wouldn't like to guess at the number of people murdered by killers in prison worldwide. I'm pretty sure it's more than once in a blue moon. NMTA
  6. Why won't they? People have served a "life" sentence and killed again after release. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/lists/living/10-twisted-murderers-who-were-freed-then-killed-again/ Even if you mean a genuine life sentence, they can murder again in prison. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0306624X9604000302
  7. It's been an effective deterrent for those executed - none of them have murdered again.
  8. I tried calling them up to congratulate them, but I nodded off from fatigue before I finished dialing...
  9. Going north from Index, turn right at the lights after Global House. There is a shop about 50m. along on the right, run by a guy who spent several years in Australia. I ended up getting ours about a year ago from the independent stall outside Thai Watsadu on the Eastern ring road - comfortable and good value.
  10. As you are discovering, there probably just aren't enough non-Thai children up here to make an International School economically viable. The people at www.isat.or.th/index.php might know something, but I suspect it might come down to boarding or homeschooling. If you're not going to be in full time employment, www.expatlifeinthailand.com/homeschooling/ might be the way to go.
  11. My wife tells me that it's being reported on Thai media that the near destitute husband gave her what little money he could and told her to buy the ticket. She is said to be happy to have won the money that should safeguard her future, but sad that it has probably come too late to make a significant difference to her husband's plight.
  12. Returning from a movie last week, I called in at the 7-11 for a carton of milk. The young lady with a basket full in front of me waved me through to the till (and got a sincere smile and "Thank you" in return). Politeness does exist here.
  13. If the will isn't chock-full of convoluted codicils she needn't bother with a lawyer. The Amphur in Udon will type up the document and provide civil servants to witness it. They keep a hard copy on file and also (I think) on their computer system. My wife and I did this about 5 years ago and the cost was about 300 baht per will. I was impressed with how thorough they were. I was told by a legal service in town that the standard fee set by local lawyers was going to be 20,000 baht, but that may have been a farang price. If she still wants to use a lawyer, the local forums mention a couple of candidates who have got good reports.
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  15. You're incorrect and I think your disparagement is unwarranted. I've lived just outside the Udon ring road on retirement extensions for five years. I'm a long way from being flat broke and my In-laws live 470km west of here - well outside the Minimum Safe Distance for Thai relatives. In the next road of the complex is another chap who bought here after a lucrative career in O&G. His wife's family live 380km south-east of here. I doubt that we're the only ones. The city has just about everything I want in quite a compact area. I've met some articulate and engaging people since coming here (rickudon above is one of them) and I enjoy my life here immensely. I was in Bangkok for most of last week and just wanted to get back home as soon as possible. I qualify for my O.A.P. in 2022; I hope to still be here in Udon when I get it.