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ETA



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:51 am    Post subject: Income Tax Exempt? Reply with quote

Are English teachers income tax exempt in Japan for the first 2 years? In Korea they are.
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: Income Tax Exempt? Reply with quote

ETA wrote:
Are English teachers income tax exempt in Japan for the first 2 years? In Korea they are.


Americans are tax exempt for two years if working full time at a school or tertiary institution under MEXT. Dispatch doesnt count: you must be on the school or university payroll. Some US states still levy state taxes, regardless of federal status.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exempt from which country's taxes, ETA? G Cthulhu referred to Japanese taxes. Americans still have to file for taxes from money earned abroad, but they are exempt from paying U.S. taxes on money under a certain amount (roughly $92,000).

Also, what is your nationality? If you meant your own country's taxes, it would help to know that.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for taxes paid in the US, there is no time limit to US tax exemption if, as Glenski says, you earn under a certain amount indefinitely. But again, you must still file US taxes. There are other countries with this reciprocity arrangement such as Canada. Note you are still getting zinged on each paycheck for taxes paid to the Japanese government. Whatever company you work for, should be paying your taxes for you each month, and at the end of the year should give you back a small overpayment on your December paycheck.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Americans are tax exempt for two years if working full time at a school or tertiary institution under MEXT
Is MEXT the public school program in Japan similar to EPIK?

Yes for usa tax purposes.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ETA wrote:
Is MEXT the public school program in Japan similar to EPIK?
MEXT is the governmental office in charge of several things, including education. It is not a program. It makes national policies and guidelines for schools, among other things.
http://www.mext.go.jp/english/
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timothypfox wrote:
As for taxes paid in the US, there is no time limit to US tax exemption if, as Glenski says, you earn under a certain amount indefinitely. But again, you must still file US taxes. There are other countries with this reciprocity arrangement such as Canada. Note you are still getting zinged on each paycheck for taxes paid to the Japanese government. Whatever company you work for, should be paying your taxes for you each month, and at the end of the year should give you back a small overpayment on your December paycheck.


All sorts of wrong in that post.

Americans are not tax exempt. They get an automatic deduction on earnings, as glenski mentioned. It's not the same thing. It's not a reciprocal arrangement with anyone: the US IRS rules simply say that all Americans get a deduction on overseas earned income. If you're American and fit the bill for coverage by the tax treaty between the US and Japan then you *do not* pay Japanese tax for the first two years in Japan: you're liable only for US tax, but few people make enough to trigger the liability.
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