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How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

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How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby izzy » 09 Jan 2012, 21:43

I am a scholarship student studying in Taiwan. I was offered a small consulting job for an overseas company. The problem is that they need me to issue them an invoice.
I was wondering if you could help me with some questions
Do you know what is the break even point to register your own business? How much work will make it worth while to register and issue the invoice under my name?
Are there companies in TW that can issue the invoice for me (i.e. they contract the company, issue the invoice and pay me the money after deducting a handling fee)?
Thanks
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby BigJohn » 09 Jan 2012, 21:45

izzy wrote:I am a scholarship student studying in Taiwan. I was offered a small consulting job for an overseas company. The problem is that they need me to issue them an invoice.
I was wondering if you could help me with some questions
Do you know what is the break even point to register your own business? How much work will make it worth while to register and issue the invoice under my name?
Are there companies in TW that can issue the invoice for me (i.e. they contract the company, issue the invoice and pay me the money after deducting a handling fee)?
Thanks


It's complicated, but not ridiculously so. The best thing is to find an accountant who speaks English and has done business with foreigners before. They can lay out your options.
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby ichbinjenny » 09 Jan 2012, 22:09

Do you need an official invoice from an official company in Taiwan, or is this an invoice asking for money for freelance projects?

If the former, yeah, you'll need to set up a company and deal with an accountant, etc.

If the latter, do a search for "freelancer invoice template" on the internet.

I'm guessing it's the latter. You're doing work for an overseas company. Really, on Taiwan companies want/need official invoices.

It if is the former, PM me.
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby Rotalsnart » 11 Jan 2012, 17:58

izzy wrote:I am a scholarship student studying in Taiwan. I was offered a small consulting job for an overseas company. The problem is that they need me to issue them an invoice.
I was wondering if you could help me with some questions
Do you know what is the break even point to register your own business? How much work will make it worth while to register and issue the invoice under my name?
Are there companies in TW that can issue the invoice for me (i.e. they contract the company, issue the invoice and pay me the money after deducting a handling fee)?
Thanks


This does not directly address your question, but may be an important thing for you to consider before taking on a job like this: do you have a work permit or other legal arrangement (such as a possible specific legal exception for students) that allows you to take on this job?

If not, the work could technically be illegal for you, and could come back to haunt you in the future if there is any paper trail -- whether in the form of an invoice or a tax withholding statement on which your name appears.

(I don't know your exact situation, so obviously feel free to ignore this comment if you've already looked into the specific legalities of working here in your situation.)
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby Pingdong » 07 Feb 2012, 01:10

is the company in taiwan at all? if not, why not just run the work through a foreign bank (like one where you are from) and not deal with taiwan at all?

you can be here and make money, you just can't make money here (on certain visas), see what im saying?
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby ichbinjenny » 07 Feb 2012, 01:17

This issue has already been resolved. Case closed.
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Re: How can a foreigner issue an invoice in TW?

Postby robinhood5000 » 11 Apr 2012, 11:19

So... what was the resolution IBJ? If you don't mind me askin'... :ponder:
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