Click here to go to our new forums at http://tw.forumosa.com
If you are a Forumosan Regular, when you log in for the FIRST TIME, you must RESET your password by using the Password Recovery system.

Usernames on the new forums must not contain any SPACES and must end with LETTER or a NUMBER; if yours does, you will be prompted to change your Username
Contact us at admin(at)forumosa(dot)com or @forumosa on Twitter or on our Facebook Page if you have any questions or problems logging back in

Income Tax working as freelancer

ROC taxes, overseas payment of taxes, withholding rates, general tax liability issues, and other tax-related matters
Forum rules
While the moderators are happy to help point people in the right direction for legal assistance and to attempt to keep these forums civil and tidy, please bear in mind that an Internet forum is not the place for providing or receiving legal advice or for the creation of any attorney-client privileges or obligations. Also keep in mind that Forumosa and the moderators cannot conduct comprehensive reviews of all laws or legal concepts referenced or discussed within these forums – laws and regulations are updated and amended, interpretations do change, and sometimes the legal landscape can change very fast. Forumosa provides these legal forums for general informational purposes only. By using these legal forums, you agree that the information does not constitute legal or other professional advice and no attorney-client or other relationship is created between you and any other posters on these forums. DO NOT CONSIDER THE FORUMS TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR OBTAINING LEGAL ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED LICENSED ATTORNEY.

Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby alexk » 25 Apr 2013, 11:43

Hi All,

I browsed the forums yesterday searching for an answer:
I am a Dutchie who's married to a Taiwanese, am here on 'marriage ARC'. I am working freelance online for companies not related to Taiwan.
Every once in a while some money comes into my Taiwanese bank-account.
I was wondering if I had to pay any taxes over this money so I decided to call the tax-administration here in Kaohsiung.
(07-725-6600 ext. 7021)
A wonderfully kind lady picked up the phone and she had good English skills, telling me that if your yearly income doesn't exceed 1 million TWD then you don't have to file taxes. If you're earning more than 1 million, contact them.
She mentioned income from freelancing activities falls under 'Overseas Income'. But she also mentioned that financial gifts for example will also be considered part of that 1 million 'rule'. So be wary what you have people transfer to your account, should your salary come close to that amount.

Thought I'd share this with you all, perhaps it will come in handy one day.
PS. getting started working online is easier than you think ;)
alexk
Càiniǎo
Càiniǎo
 
Posts: 27
{ AUTHOR_TOPIC }
Joined: 25 May 2011, 04:37



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby Mucha Man » 25 Apr 2013, 20:38

Yep, it's been that way for a while. When the money comes in your bank should call you to ask what it is. Say it is gao fei.

Basically this is a godsend for freelancers as trying to file taxes when you have a myriad amount of deductions is a daunting task.
“Everywhere else in the world is also really old” said Prof. Liu, a renowned historian at Beijing University. “We always learn that China has 5000 years of cultural heritage, and that therefore we are very special. It appears that other places also have some of this heritage stuff. And are also old. Like, really old.”

https://www.facebook.com/taiwantemples
Mucha Man
Guan Yin (Guānyīn)
 
Posts: 19980
Joined: 01 Nov 2001, 17:01
Location: Mucha, of course



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby Gilgamesh » 30 Apr 2013, 10:59

This seems a bit different from what the income tax people just told my wife.

They said that you only get 180,000 tax free and you have to pay on anything you make over that. You are allowed to deduct 30% for expenses but you still have to pay on the rest.

When the bank calls me to ask where the money comes from, I have just been telling them that it's from my work online. Does the yearly income mean only income that you made online or all the money you've earned over the year?

I'm not sure if she asked about it being overseas income though. Is overseas income simply money that was paid to me by people who are not in Taiwan?


Edit:

My wife checked again and it turns out you're right. You can earn up to a millon without having to pay tax. The tax lady didn't really know what she was talking about the first time and once my wife mentioned how the Kaoshiung (Gaoxiong) office said it was a million and not 180,000, the tax lady checked something else and agreed that this was the way it was supposed to be.

Thanks for the post because you just saved us a lot of money.
Gilgamesh
High School Triad Member (gāozhōng liúmáng)
High School Triad Member (gāozhōng liúmáng)
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 26 Dec 2004, 20:37



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby imrehg » 25 Sep 2013, 19:17

Gilgamesh wrote:My wife checked again and it turns out you're right. You can earn up to a millon without having to pay tax. The tax lady didn't really know what she was talking about the first time and once my wife mentioned how the Kaoshiung (Gaoxiong) (Gaoxiong) office said it was a million and not 180,000, the tax lady checked something else and agreed that this was the way it was supposed to be.


This sounds very useful, do you have any reference or online info about this that I can check out?
User avatar
imrehg
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
 
Posts: 9
Joined: 11 Sep 2013, 09:39
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
In Taiwan since: 31 Oct 2008



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby Lros » 19 Feb 2014, 06:36

Gilgamesh wrote:This seems a bit different from what the income tax people just told my wife.

They said that you only get 180,000 tax free and you have to pay on anything you make over that. You are allowed to deduct 30% for expenses but you still have to pay on the rest.

When the bank calls me to ask where the money comes from, I have just been telling them that it's from my work online. Does the yearly income mean only income that you made online or all the money you've earned over the year?

I'm not sure if she asked about it being overseas income though. Is overseas income simply money that was paid to me by people who are not in Taiwan?


Edit:

My wife checked again and it turns out you're right. You can earn up to a millon without having to pay tax. The tax lady didn't really know what she was talking about the first time and once my wife mentioned how the Kaoshiung (Gaoxiong) (Gaoxiong) office said it was a million and not 180,000, the tax lady checked something else and agreed that this was the way it was supposed to be.

Thanks for the post because you just saved us a lot of money.


but does that only apply if you are on a ARC or JVRC?
Lros
Scooter Commuter (qí jī chē shàng xià bān)
Scooter Commuter (qí jī chē shàng xià bān)
 
Posts: 663
Joined: 15 Jan 2013, 03:38



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby newintaiwan » 13 Mar 2015, 17:35

This sounds very useful.
Could someone please give me a rundown of the different possibilities for registering as a freelance (or is there a good online resource that details the different options)?


Thanks.
newintaiwan
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
 
Posts: 1
Joined: 13 Mar 2015, 17:31



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby HenHaoChi » 13 Mar 2015, 19:31

Following.

A wonderfully kind lady picked up the phone and she had good English skills, telling me that if your yearly income doesn't exceed 1 million TWD then you don't have to file taxes. If you're earning more than 1 million, contact them.


You have to respect a country that has an enlightened rule like that. No better way to stimulate small businesses.
HenHaoChi
Street Dog Chaser (zhuīgǎn liúlàng gǒu)
Street Dog Chaser (zhuīgǎn liúlàng gǒu)
 
Posts: 1229
Joined: 02 Apr 2012, 20:59



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby Blaquesmith » 10 Jun 2015, 00:54

Do you have to register anywhere to work legally as a freelance?

I'm asking because if I work as a freelance for a company in the EU, they will ask me to issue a formal invoice with my taiwanese tax number and all that, and I don't have any, as far as I know.
"Roda el món i torna al Born!" - famous saying from Barcelona.
User avatar
Blaquesmith
Wild Chicken Bus Driver (yě jī chē sī jī)
Wild Chicken Bus Driver (yě jī chē sī jī)
 
Posts: 1931
Joined: 14 Aug 2009, 16:08
Location: Taipei
In Taiwan since: 08 Aug 2012



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby HenHaoChi » 11 Jun 2015, 15:07

Following... Edit. I already followed this thread. The summer heat makes me stupid, I am making mistakes all the time.
HenHaoChi
Street Dog Chaser (zhuīgǎn liúlàng gǒu)
Street Dog Chaser (zhuīgǎn liúlàng gǒu)
 
Posts: 1229
Joined: 02 Apr 2012, 20:59



Re: Income Tax working as freelancer

Postby skingomez » 28 Sep 2015, 20:56

Blaquesmith wrote:Do you have to register anywhere to work legally as a freelance?

I'm asking because if I work as a freelance for a company in the EU, they will ask me to issue a formal invoice with my taiwanese tax number and all that, and I don't have any, as far as I know.


I am wondering the same. Did you find an answer for that?
skingomez
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
 
Posts: 1
Joined: 07 Jul 2011, 08:14



FRIENDLY REMINDER
   Please remember that Forumosa is not responsible for the content that appears on the other side of links that Forumosans post on our forums. As a discussion website, we encourage open and frank debate. We have learned that the most effective way to address questionable claims or accusations on Forumosa is by engaging in a sincere and constructive conversation. To make this website work, we must all feel safe in expressing our opinions, this also means backing up any claims with hard facts, including links to other websites.
   Please also remember that one should not believe everything one reads on the Internet, particularly from websites whose content cannot be easily verified or substantiated. Use your common sense and do not hesitate to ask for proof.
Next




Return to Taxes



Who is online

Forumosans browsing this forum: No Forumosans and 0 guests

cron