Office based in US, working remotely in Taiwan

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Re: Office based in US, working remotely in Taiwan

Postby nonredneck » 14 May 2012, 22:37

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Re: Office based in US, working remotely in Taiwan

Postby ahsu2003 » 18 May 2012, 14:07

ballhog409 wrote:I am working remotely for a company with offices in both United States and Taiwan. I have both US and Taiwan citizenship. If I work remotely in Taiwan, is there any tax advantage/disadvantage for my company in the US? I'm trying to pitch the idea to my manager but if I have some concrete advantages gained by my company, that would help my cause (e.g. possible savings because I don't need health insurance, tax savings, etc). Has anyone had to sell this idea? Thanks for your help!


I am not too sure if you have thought proper consultation concerning the potential Taiwan legal and tax implications your employer may be exposed to re: your presence (as its "employee" or "agent") for conducting business in Taiwan. Depending on the nature of business and/or the scope of your authority/functions, you may be deemed as a "business agent" of your US employer in Taiwan. If so, your employer (via you as its "agent") may be obligated to report "corporate" income tax to the local Taiwan tax authroity (either by means of withholding tax or filing a complete corporte income tax return).

It is highly recommended that you seek professional consultation prior to initation of any official activities in Taiwan--or immediately if business has already been commenced.

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Re: Office based in US, working remotely in Taiwan

Postby ballhog409 » 18 May 2012, 21:35

Thanks for the input, guys. My manager is telling me that the way my company works is that they would have to put me on the Taiwan office's payroll and then they will charge back to the US office. Some corporate mumble jumble like that. It will have to make financial sense but I don't know what the financial implications are for the company. If I ever get an answer from our "financial guys," I will post an update and hopefully help someone else in a similar situation. Sounds like in this scenario, my pay will get reported in Taiwan...but I still have to get the approval first.
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Re: Office based in US, working remotely in Taiwan

Postby ballhog409 » 12 Oct 2012, 13:17

Just want to give a quick update. My move to Taiwan has been approved. My pay will come out of the Taiwan office although they don't want me to go into the office. I guess I am lucky that my company has an office in Taiwan. This way, they don't have to categorize me as an expat. I am just a local employee reporting to the US office. My company is actually paying for all government expenses (health/labor/retirement fees) so I just have to pay income taxes. I believe this is a good deal for me and really does not cost my company too much money (if any).
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