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Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

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Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby UkJenT » 24 Nov 2015, 11:59

Hey there,


Here's my problem. I didn't file my 2012 Taiwan taxes because I left Taiwan in January 2013 thinking I would never set foot on the island for work again. Unfortunately for me, this decision is coming back to bite me in the butt. I'm planning to return to Taiwan next year for work, but I'd like to get this problem resolved. I don't have the tax forms given by the school. I also called the school to see if they have any records. They don't.

So what should I do? Should I head over to the nearest tax office in the last district I lives, which was Shiilin? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby Feiren » 24 Nov 2015, 12:05

You should go to the tax office right away. Hopefully, they haven't assessed your taxes and imposed a hefty fine yet. If so, you may get away with just paying interest. They should have a list of all your 2012 income in their database.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby tommy525 » 24 Nov 2015, 12:36

Definitely should go to tax office. There might be a refund waiting for you even.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby UkJenT » 24 Nov 2015, 12:56

Thanks for the replies, so I should head over the the Shilin Tax Office? Also, will there be any potential problems when entering Taiwan?
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby the bear » 24 Nov 2015, 15:29

UkJenT wrote:Thanks for the replies, so I should head over the the Shilin Tax Office? Also, will there be any potential problems when entering Taiwan?


There will be zero issues entering, tax and immigration are never linked here (used to be many years ago). I wouldn't stress over it, never heard of fines being levied on teachers here. Just be up front and say you left not expecting to come back. The tax office only wants to close cases, regardless of whether you owe them or they owe you. I was filing once when the lady asked me if I had worked for xyz company which I denied since I didn't have a work visa. She asked me was I sure because she had a 30,000 refund check in my name.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby Feiren » 24 Nov 2015, 15:49

They will fine you if you didn't file and they assess your tax liability. It usually takes a few years for them to do this. The fines are substantial.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby afterspivak » 24 Nov 2015, 21:32

In addition to the above suggestions: if you're a foreign national, I expect you'd need to deal with the main tax office on Zhonghua Road (steps from Beimen MRT Station; not far from Xinmen Station) as opposed to local branches elsewhere in Taipei City. At least that's where I've always been directed to handle my tax affairs.

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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby UkJenT » 25 Nov 2015, 04:47

Thanks again everyone.

@The Bear... I hope so. haha. I hope I'll get a refund.

@Feiren. I read the fines are three times what one owes in taxes. The thing is the other four years I filed my Taiwan taxes, I was always given a refund, so what would the fine look like then?

@After, ok. Cool. Thanks. I'll head there the first day I arrive in Taiwan.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby Abacus » 25 Nov 2015, 08:51

It would be kind of silly to levy significant fines on foreigners that didn't file taxes when they moved away and weren't physically present in Taiwan during the filing period. Yes, I know that a perfectly responsible adult makes these arrangements but I am guessing that few do. Especially when they have setup the tax system such that if a foreigner (at least if a teacher) owed taxes (the 18% 183 day rule) then the tax office would collect from the buxiban.

Hopefully the heavy fines are something that they can do but rarely do. Anyways I am interested in reading about the result.

Did you live in Taiwan for the 183 days that years? If yes then you should get a sizable refund. If no then were 18% taxes deducted from your paycheck (if you can remember). It certainly would be awesome to get a refund after several years.
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Re: Not Filing Taiwan Taxes

Postby UkJenT » 25 Nov 2015, 12:26

Yes, I was in Taiwan for the whole year working at a public school. I'll just have to wait and see what happens when I head back in January of 2016. Thanks everyone for your help. I hope all goes well.
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