I took a print of your responses to my employer today and had an argument over it. He doesn't want to accept Mclean's information as valid because it's not from the labour bureau.
Just to be clear, yesterday(before I started this thread)I asked my boss why he was taking taxes off my cheque and he said that he would declare the hours either under his name, his wife's name or under my name. He was not being clear about it but it sounded like basically he would try to declare it under his wife or himself but if that became a problem, he would have to report it under my name.
Today, I've asked why would he be deducting taxes from me if he doesn't declare it under my name and his answer was that he's being considerate for me because that way I pay less health insurance? He says my premium for insurance will go up if I exceed 60k per month. The thing is he never gave me the choice. And yet, if I agree to go with his gimmick, I will not know who will be reported as the recipient for my earnings. In other words, I won't even know if the government will have records of me working illegally.
I asked how am I supposed to get a tax return on illegal earnings
and he answered that come tax time, he would give me a tax receipt. But how could he do that if the earnings are under his wife's name? It is my biggest concern because I was pretty sure it is illegal either under my name, nevermind someone else.(your responses in this thread supported that)
So I asked, How am I supposed to get my tax return if it's declared under your wife's name?
His answer is "I will pay that to you myself." I replied with the following question "Then are you or are you not going to give me a tax receipt and why bother deducting if you are going to pay it back to me?" I had a confused/irritated look on my face at that point. That's when he got upset and raised his voice and said "sometimes it's a matter of mutual trust." He didn't make sense and it's not language barrier, he lived in the States for 30 years and he speaks perfect English. Going from giving me tax receipts to refunding my taxes personally to trusting his uncle policeman...Below I tell more about my experience with this school and I think I'm justified to not feel trusting.
So I said to him that it's not a matter of trust, it's a matter of legality. If he declares that I'm working for him, I feel I'm put on the spot with black and white evidences and I could get deported, not to mention that so would my wife because she has a spousal ARC. Furthermore, read below, I never even meant to work there illegally.
His response to that worried me even more...He mentioned that I shouldn't worry because his uncle is head of the foreign affairs police...
I got upset and told him I couldn't care less what connections he has to bend the law and that I preferred not being involved in such illegal activities. That really upset him and he started attacking me personally saying things like I'm not being considerate and I can't see that he was just trying to help me. He says I'm "choking" him with this argument of legality because all he was doing is trying to help me not exceed the 60k tax bracket. You'd think he would tell me that first, he's not making sense. He's freaking me out going from declaring things under my name to declaring it under someone else's name. Mostly if he declares it under my name. But he talks as if he's unsure who will be the recipient of my earnings. "It depends" he says...
How is taking the chances of being deported and having 10% tax taken off my pay helping me? I'm not worried about the tax money, as far as I knew, I was originally supposed to be legal there.
Sorry for the long post, here's the whole story. I started working there 2 months ago and I signed a contract for 26hrs/week. My contract stipulates that I have 60 days "bind-free". Meaning if within the first two months I don't like it, the contract is void. I never had 26 hours, I got 15... and...
I passed the medical, handed all the necessary paper work for the ARC process and so did the other teacher who started at the same time.(The school opened August 29th, 2005)I worked three contracts with my previous school but changed school half-way into the third one. I'm in good terms so they agreed to hold off cancelling my ARC until the new one was processed.
6 weeks later, my previous employer is starting to stress because as far as I knew and told her, my ARC should have gone through already. She mentioned that she was hiring someone and that she was giving me 3 weeks to sort things out. When I asked my new employer the status on the ARC process, he said it was being processed. When I asked why so much time, he mentioned that he was having difficulties getting his permits for his new classes so he had to wait. Turns out in the same 10 minutes conversation, my ARC went from being processed to not even mailed yet... Meanwhile I have three weeks left legal in Taiwan, and my medical expired so I had to go for a second medical.(Good for 30 days)
It was a stressful period and right at that time I was offered a job elsewhere with a good school. I accepted the work with the condition that they would process my ARC immediately. It took two weeks, I got my ARC this week but now I"m worried to lose it because of that same school who never processed my ARC in the first place. The fact that the ARC wasn't processed at all also means that I was not legally working the whole time but unaware of it.
Anyways, the point is I never even meant to work there illegally, I was supposed to be sponsored by that school but I gave up on them because I wasn't trusting it served my interests if it meant going on a visa trip for both my wife and I and also because we agreed on 26 hours per week, not 15. I explained that to my boss when I decided to get my ARC elsewhere and he said if it came down to a visa trip he would pay for it but I doubt he would have paid for my wife and what about loss of revenue? That's without mentioning that many teachers are shorted on their pay. If they complain the boss will pay but if they fail to notice it's their loss. Also, I didn't enjoy the classes so much. Sounds irrelevant but when you've only been working for a school for only a month or two, it all adds up.
I wait 6 weeks for my ARC to find out it hasn't even been mailed to Tapei yet, I almost have to go on a visa trip, he talks about putting my hours on his wife's name, he takes 10% of my pay and tells me he'll give it back to me himself. He mentions some head of foreign affairs uncle of his and he lies about my ARC being processed. Then he says: "Sometimes it's a matter of mutual trust"...
Ideally I'd like to go to the foreign affair police and explain my situation. I don't need my 10% back, I just want to be able to legally declare my earnings under "special circumstances" if possible. Can it be done? Will I just be deported if I go to foreign affairs and talk to them about this?
Any advices would be appreciated and thanks for reading this immense post.