ROC taxes, overseas payment of taxes, withholding rates, general tax liability issues, and other tax-related matters
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the bear wrote:
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."
Were you still able to cash the check here after 4 years?
Yes, those checks are issued by the central bank; they are good for ever (or 10 years which ever comes first).
Just to reconfirm; you need a tax certificate to get an ARC. I'm going to file tomorrow so I can get a new work permit and ARC. There is no other reason to file if you don't want to; but be aware that when you do file you will have to file for every year you have been in Taiwan regardless of your status during those years.
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