Thai military govt to extend tax rate cuts - ministry official

BANGKOK Mon May 26, 2014 7:02am EDT

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BANGKOK May 26 (Reuters) - Thailand's new military government will roll over corporate, income and valued-added tax rate cuts, which would otherwise expire this year, and has no plans to impose any capital controls, a senior finance ministry official said on Monday.

The government will also go ahead with some projects under a halted 2 trillion baht ($61 billion) infrastructure plan, Somchai Sajjapong, head of the finance ministry's fiscal policy office, told reporters.

Selected projects will be funded under the normal state budget, he said after a meeting with Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, in charge of the economy for the military administration. The army seized power on May 22.

Prajin said certain projects under a 350 billion baht water management scheme would also be implemented.

Somchai said he was confident the economy would grow more than 2 percent this year but that the ministry was aiming for 3 percent growth.

($1=32.60 baht)

(Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Alan Raybould and Jacqueline Wong)

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