Joined: 26 Mar 2003
Location: South China, by the sea.
|Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 2:55 am Post subject: taxes.... again.
|this is a quote from the tealit site:
Q: I have just gotten a job and an ARC, but I've been here four months already! Do those first months count toward my 183 days?
A: Yes. The 183 day total is calculated by the time you've been here, not by what you were doing. It goes by the dates in your passport, exclusive of the first day. If you came on January 1st, but didn't get an ARC until May 2nd, you would have to pay 20% tax for just two months. The 183 days are figured by your arrival date: you arrived 4 months ago, so, even though you are just getting your ARC and beginning to work, those first 4 months are included toward your 183 days."
reading this, i 'm led to believe that i begin paying the 20% income tax from the day that i receive my ARC. now, i've been working here for over two months, and still don't have an ARC although I'll likely have it by the end of june. When I was paid my last month's salary this week, my employer tried to deduct tax from me in the amount of 20%. I mentioned that I had no ARC yet and that i shouldn't be paying tax. The reply was that "the government doesn't recognize the ARC for tax purposes, only the working visa." at any rate, she relented and said that she wouldn't deduct tax for the past month, but that she would next month.
after my first month in taiwan, i did a visa run to bangkok (at my own expense). the visa that i have in my passport was issued in bangkok and in order to get that, i had a document from my agent (in chinese) that apparently allowed me to get the 60 day visa, although the visa only indicates "visitor" status. now, some people have mentioned that the 20%tax has to be paid from the moment your ARC is issued until you've accrued 183 days in taiwan, and my employer is telling me something different, that i hae to start paying tax now because i have a "working" visa (that says nothing about work on it).
i've tried to find a local person who can help me find the labour laws in print, but have had no luck and since i only have 3 other colleauges, who all came from different places under different circumstances, none of our cases are exactly the same. i'm confused. who's right? when am i responsible for paying the tax? now or after my ARC is issued?
warmest regards ~ 7969