Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

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Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby SparkyDixon » 02 May 2012, 12:27

My issues is as follows and I appreciate any feedback...


I have been in Taiwan for a few days short of one month. I came in on a landing visa (I am American which puts it at 30 days). I have worked for an employer for about 3 weeks. I told them last week that I was not really liking Taiwan that much and have decided to leave. I had bought a round trip ticket from Thailand because I thought I was going to need it for immigration when I arrived. When I told my employer the truth about my deciding to leave, she became EXTREMELY upset. It turns out that my pay day falls on the day after I was planing on leaving. She told me, between screaming and profanity, that she was going to do the "legal" thing and "file the papers with the accountant, immigration and the labor department" and that I would not get any pay early. I understand that she is a bit upset, because she is losing a great teacher. Other teachers have said that she should really just give me an advance on my pay, minus 18% for taxes and file the papers later. She requested a copy of my plane ticket which I gave to her. She then told me that I would get payed on Monday (flight leaves Friday), and that I would have to go and pay my own taxes. I have looked online to see how much it would be to switch my flight to Monday and how much I would have to pay for an overstay on my visa. It is not worth it to me to do this. My question is...

If she "files the paperwork" and I try to leave on Friday (without receiving compensation from the school) is there a chance that immigration will stop me for not paying taxes on money I have not received?

Thanks a bunch for any advise on this.
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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby the bear » 02 May 2012, 13:03

SparkyDixon wrote:My issues is as follows and I appreciate any feedback...


I have been in Taiwan for a few days short of one month. I came in on a landing visa (I am American which puts it at 30 days). I have worked for an employer for about 3 weeks. I told them last week that I was not really liking Taiwan that much and have decided to leave. I had bought a round trip ticket from Thailand because I thought I was going to need it for immigration when I arrived. When I told my employer the truth about my deciding to leave, she became EXTREMELY upset. It turns out that my pay day falls on the day after I was planing on leaving. She told me, between screaming and profanity, that she was going to do the "legal" thing and "file the papers with the accountant, immigration and the labor department" and that I would not get any pay early. I understand that she is a bit upset, because she is losing a great teacher. Other teachers have said that she should really just give me an advance on my pay, minus 18% for taxes and file the papers later. She requested a copy of my plane ticket which I gave to her. She then told me that I would get payed on Monday (flight leaves Friday), and that I would have to go and pay my own taxes. I have looked online to see how much it would be to switch my flight to Monday and how much I would have to pay for an overstay on my visa. It is not worth it to me to do this. My question is...

If she "files the paperwork" and I try to leave on Friday (without receiving compensation from the school) is there a chance that immigration will stop me for not paying taxes on money I have not received?

Thanks a bunch for any advise on this.


Simple answer, no. You no longer need a tax clearance stamp to leave Taiwan so the airport couldn't care less.
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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby tommy525 » 02 May 2012, 13:42

yes nobody will stop you , but you will lose a months pay. They will likely simply not pay you at all for the month.


Thats why most taiwanese employees make sure to get their months pay before they tell the boss they are leaving. Unless they are on particular good terms with their employers.
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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby Flicka » 03 May 2012, 10:12

Um, not sure if I am reading this right, but you were working illegally in the first place, right? She will get fined for hiring an illegal worker if she tells the authorities. If you are working illegally, do you really think she is reporting your income to the tax office?
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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby SparkyDixon » 03 May 2012, 13:59

Update:

She payed me for the month and did so tax free. She had me sign a form that showed me getting paid without holding any tax. Yes, I did not get my work permit issued until the day that I quit and was working illegally. I only made 18,200 NT, (working part time) and now I am worried that she might call and tell someone that I owe taxes. Do you still think I am in the clear or should I go down to the tax office and offer to pay? I would rather not do this since I was working illegally, but would rather give the 4,000 or whatever NT then have an issue at immigration.

Thanks to those who replied to my last post.

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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby Abacus » 03 May 2012, 23:09

I understand that she is a bit upset, because she is losing a great teacher.


I don't know the answer to your new question but I found this humorous.
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Re: Legal Question about leaving an Taiwan and Taxes

Postby tommy525 » 04 May 2012, 01:04

YOu started another thread with the same question? Porque??

heres my answer to that posting again here :

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Is it deja vu or did i see this question already? If you don't plan on coming back for years, i wouldnt worry too much bout it. Just say Hasta La Vista before you board your aircraft and you are likely fine.

Repeat 3 times to ensure.

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by the way, i very much doubt she reported you or will report you as she is not only going to be in hot water, but also shes not going to be giving you the 20pct of your income and be liable for it at the same time. Sounds like you "escaped" . Too bad u didnt like taiwan but its not for all.
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