Are taxes for foreign workers too high?

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Postby j99l88e77 » 11 Feb 2007, 04:52

Reality: Employer is deducting taxes, but not forwarding any to the tax office.

Truth: Taxes are too high for foreign workers in Taiwan.

Reality: You don't really have to do your tax return. If you figure you come out even or much better, forget about it. When you hop on the plane, aint no one gonna know the difference.
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Postby tmwc » 12 Feb 2007, 10:22

j99l88e77 wrote:Reality: Employer is deducting taxes, but not forwarding any to the tax office.

Truth: Taxes are too high for foreign workers in Taiwan.

Reality: You don't really have to do your tax return. If you figure you come out even or much better, forget about it. When you hop on the plane, aint no one gonna know the difference.


I would like to spend one day on this site without seeing you talk shit.

Employer is deducting taxes, but not forwarding any to the tax office. - it happened to me once, in five years. I went to see them. They gave me the money back, no question. Everyone else, and I have a lot of p/t jobs, has been straight with me.

Truth: Taxes are too high for foreign workers in Taiwan.
- most taxes are the same for resident foreign workers as they are for locals. ie extremely low.

Reality: You don't really have to do your tax return. If you figure you come out even or much better, forget about it. When you hop on the plane, aint no one gonna know the difference. - if you want to renew your work permit you have to produce your certificate of tax paid. If you don't pay your taxes you either leave the country or stay illegally.

In addition, you have to show some income or source of funds from overseas if you want to stay here for any length of time. You may choose to hide some of what you earn, but you have to have a legal job and the chances are that you're going to have paid taxes on that income. In most cases doing your tax returns gets you a refund on some of the already low taxes you've already paid.
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Postby j99l88e77 » 12 Feb 2007, 13:06

tmwc wrote:
j99l88e77 wrote:Reality: Employer is deducting taxes, but not forwarding any to the tax office.

Truth: Taxes are too high for foreign workers in Taiwan.

Reality: You don't really have to do your tax return. If you figure you come out even or much better, forget about it. When you hop on the plane, aint no one gonna know the difference.


I would like to spend one day on this site without seeing you talk shit.

Employer is deducting taxes, but not forwarding any to the tax office. - it happened to me once, in five years. I went to see them. They gave me the money back, no question. Everyone else, and I have a lot of p/t jobs, has been straight with me.

Truth: Taxes are too high for foreign workers in Taiwan.
- most taxes are the same for resident foreign workers as they are for locals. ie extremely low.

Reality: You don't really have to do your tax return. If you figure you come out even or much better, forget about it. When you hop on the plane, aint no one gonna know the difference. - if you want to renew your work permit you have to produce your certificate of tax paid. If you don't pay your taxes you either leave the country or stay illegally.

In addition, you have to show some income or source of funds from overseas if you want to stay here for any length of time. You may choose to hide some of what you earn, but you have to have a legal job and the chances are that you're going to have paid taxes on that income. In most cases doing your tax returns gets you a refund on some of the already low taxes you've already paid.


Truth: You have a stick up your ass

Reality: Truth hurts

The fact that a boss of yours didn't forward your taxes in the past proves my point.

Taxes are too high. What are they? 13%? 20% in the beginning and after 6 months, 6%. Maybe they're 6% for the duration of your contract. I still find that too high. And is it this fixed amount? Why is it a fixed amount? That's strange.

Providing a certificate of tax paid when renewing will only make your boss pay taxes. So, nothing to worry about. All other cases, just hop on the plane and go wherever you want to go.

Not talking about working illegally. Just contracts. If you're working illegally, I sure hope you're not stupid enough to pay taxes.
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Postby Bassman » 13 Feb 2007, 02:05

j99l88e77 wrote:Providing a certificate of tax paid when renewing will only make your boss pay taxes. So, nothing to worry about. All other cases, just hop on the plane and go wherever you want to go.



Not so. The Tax department doesn't care if your employer pays their taxes or not. You want the tax certificate, you need to pay the taxes. If you say that you have paid your taxes through your employer and your employer hasn't filed, too bad, they will still require you to pay up front and sort out your own problems.

The Truth: This thread could have been useful

The Reality: It has attracted a lot of crap posts.
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Postby Ian_Alexander » 13 Feb 2007, 02:48

j99l88e77 wrote:Truth: You have a stick up your ass

Reality: Truth hurts


I was not really reading everything so I don't know if I agree with you or not - but that was sure funny.
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Postby Buttercup » 13 Feb 2007, 08:23

Ian_Alexander wrote:
j99l88e77 wrote:Truth: You have a stick up your ass

Reality: Truth hurts


I was not really reading everything so I don't know if I agree with you or not - but that was sure funny.


Um, no, it sounds moronic. Do people really use that phrase?

Well, yes, you can hop on a plane wherever you want to go provided that firstly, there are no flags on your passport number and you get stopped at the airport and secondly, that the wherever you want to go isn't Taiwan.
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Postby ironlady » 13 Feb 2007, 10:25

Yep. And I personally know someone who was flagged and detained at the airport on his way out of Taiwan for tax problems. Very exciting for those of us not directly involved. For him, it was not as fulfilling an experience.
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Postby trapjaw » 13 Feb 2007, 18:46

Bassman wrote:The Truth: This thread could have been useful

The Reality: It has attracted a lot of crap posts.


:lol: now ain't that the truth?

Sadly though, you're right. This thread could prove very useful if people do start posting some informative "truths" and "realities".

And jle, you think 6% tax is too much? :eek: What do you reckon is fair, 0.5%, 1%??
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Postby sandman » 13 Feb 2007, 20:15

Maybe they're 6% for the duration of your contract. I still find that too high.

Bloody hell! I dunno how much you pay over there in kimchi hell but 6% sure as eggs is eggs beats the 30-odd% I was paying on my chef's wages back in the UK.
It's one of the lowest rates I've ever paid, and I've worked all over the world.
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Postby Buttercup » 13 Feb 2007, 20:17

Ooh! Were you a chef?

This thread was doomed for the start; the premise was 'newbies; how we fuck you up and how stupid you are for falling for it, but I'm sorry now.'
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