Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

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Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Delonge182 » 06 Oct 2010, 21:26

Hey Guys,

I've pretty much been on sabbatical (read "vacation") for the last 6 months and chipping away at my US savings during this time.

I didn't make any income sourced from Taiwan, worked for anyone here, or perceived compensation in any way.

Does my multi-entry visa allow me to leave Taiwan without filing ? Or is it formal process to file.

Thanks
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Northcoast Surfer » 06 Oct 2010, 21:52

Delonge182 wrote:Hey Guys,

I've pretty much been on sabbatical (read "vacation") for the last 6 months and chipping away at my US savings during this time.

I didn't make any income sourced from Taiwan, worked for anyone here, or perceived compensation in any way.

Does my multi-entry visa allow me to leave Taiwan without filing ? Or is it formal process to file.

Thanks
If you are on a visitor's visa, then you have no authorization to work and earn any income. Therefore, do not, under any circumstances attempt to file taxes. Ok? :no-no:
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Delonge182 » 06 Oct 2010, 21:58

Yeah,

I just realized that was a newb question, sorry.

Ok, thanks

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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby european » 07 Oct 2010, 16:21

Northcoast Surfer wrote:
Delonge182 wrote:Hey Guys,

I've pretty much been on sabbatical (read "vacation") for the last 6 months and chipping away at my US savings during this time.

I didn't make any income sourced from Taiwan, worked for anyone here, or perceived compensation in any way.

Does my multi-entry visa allow me to leave Taiwan without filing ? Or is it formal process to file.

Thanks
If you are on a visitor's visa, then you have no authorization to work and earn any income. Therefore, do not, under any circumstances attempt to file taxes. Ok? :no-no:


Yeah but there will be some smart arse appearing telling you it's all breaking the law as you have passed the 6 month mark on the island.
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby the bear » 07 Oct 2010, 16:34

Its not a newb question. The tax office don't give a damn what visa you hold or how you earn your moola in Taiwan. But you don't have to file if you don't want. You only have to file if in future you want to get an ARC since you will need a tax certificate. Then you will have to write a letter saying you was doing nothing here and supported yourself from savings in the US. Some exchange certificates might help. Believe me the tax office are very nice people and are not trying to trap anyone into admitting they worked illegally. They once held a cheque for me for 4 years and when I finally filed they asked me if I ever worked (illegally) for ABC company. I of course denied all knowledge then they explained they just wanted to give me a cheque for NTD6000. "Ah yes, I completely forgot about that job, gimme that cheque." :cool:
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Delonge182 » 07 Oct 2010, 17:14

european wrote:Yeah but there will be some smart arse appearing telling you it's all breaking the law as you have passed the 6 month mark on the island.


This confused me -

Per the last post, and the first reply, I do not need to file on a tourist visa if I've been here for more than 6 months and derived no income correct ?
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby the bear » 07 Oct 2010, 19:25

Delonge182 wrote:
european wrote:Yeah but there will be some smart arse appearing telling you it's all breaking the law as you have passed the 6 month mark on the island.


This confused me -

Per the last post, and the first reply, I do not need to file on a tourist visa if I've been here for more than 6 months and derived no income correct ?


You have no obligation to file if you have no intention of working here. There is no exit permit requirement as there used to be so you is free to leave whenever you want. However if you ever want to apply for an ARC (or is it a work permit?) you need a tax certificate stating that your tax affairs are in order. Which means you would have to file a tax return.
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Delonge182 » 07 Oct 2010, 19:34

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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Tobiasgar » 10 Oct 2011, 14:27

You will need to prove that you have strong financial ties and enough money for your stay in the US
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Re: Do you need to file taxes on tourist Visa ?

Postby Belgian Pie » 10 Oct 2011, 15:04

Northcoast Surfer wrote:
Delonge182 wrote:Hey Guys,

I've pretty much been on sabbatical (read "vacation") for the last 6 months and chipping away at my US savings during this time.

I didn't make any income sourced from Taiwan, worked for anyone here, or perceived compensation in any way.

Does my multi-entry visa allow me to leave Taiwan without filing ? Or is it formal process to file.

Thanks
If you are on a visitor's visa, then you have no authorization to work and earn any income. Therefore, do not, under any circumstances attempt to file taxes. Ok? :no-no:


I wouldn't say that ... staying in the country for more than 183 days obliges you to fill out a tax form before leaving the country you could be stopped ... it used to be like that ...

I had a fight at the tax office once because I said I didn't work and put 0 NT$ income on the form, the woman didn't accept 0 NT$ income, she asked me were I got the money to stay that long in Taiwan, if I had any sources of income, NOPE ... after 30 min haggling I was free to go ... and an acquaintance even had to pay tax of 5,000NT$ after staying longer than 183 days ... they stated the use of Taiwan's public facilities as reason for the tax payable :doh: ... on a visitor visa ...
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