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Paying TAX in Ecuador

 
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al capone



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Paying TAX in Ecuador Reply with quote

I have just been informed that you have to inform the SRI about your tax every half year.

Needless to say the organisation i work for told me nothing and now i might get a $130 fine .

I have been in Quito, ECUADOR since February.

I would really appreciate any help on this as the advice/info to date has been poor.

I was under the impression that teachers do not pay TAX although my organsiation has been deducting 10-15 % every month

thanks

ali
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of visa are you on? Are you paid via facturas?


On a work visa you have to submit a tax return every 6 months or every month depending on what it says on your original SRI document. It seems to be allocated randomly. We didn't realise that I was on the 6 month schedule and my husband was on a 1 month schedule. He got hit with 6 months worth of fines when we submitted them.
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al capone



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply

I'm on a 12 VIII visa -Interercambio cultural

yes, I,m paid via facturas which i have been paying since June

do you think if I get down to the SRI this week i may not need to pay the fine??

cheers

ali
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've always been on a cultural exchange visa, and the visa holder is your only employer (i.e. you aren't doing any other paid work on the side), you should NOT be paying any tax. Your employer should not be deducting it and you should not be using facturas. You will need to speak to SRi about it all, but if your employers are taking money off you as tax and not passing it on to SRi there could be serious repercussions for them, so depending on who you work for and your relationship with them, you may want to let them know you are going to speak to SRI before you go.

If you were on a 12-IX when you first arrived then you should have been paying taxes for that period (and been paid via factura).

I always found SRI to be very helpful, but they won't waive fines or interest charges. Not all SRI staff seem to know about the regulations for cultural exchange visas though, so make sure they really do understand what kind of visa you have. Very few speak any English.

We ended up in a total mess with it and had to pay an accountant to sort it out, we paid a few hundred dollars in fines and interest charges, plus the accountant fees on top. But then we were able to claim all the tax back at the end of the year (you can offset the cost of your rent and all your food bills; supermarket and restaurants, against your tax if you keep the facturas). So we ended up about $1,000 better off in the end, even after all the fines, etc.

If you go to see SRI you will need your copy of every factura you have used, and your book with the rest of the facturas in. They will check that every factura is accounted for. You should also have a tax receipt from your employer for every tax deduction you have made and the amount and tax category for it. You will need one of those for each payment as well.

Once you are up to date you can file online and it's very simple, but you can't register to file online if you are already in arrears.

I don't really understand the time frame you are working to, you've been in Ecuador since February, but you didn't get paid until June?
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al capone



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help

I am going to go down to the SRI on Thursday and see whats, what.

thanks again
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help

I am going to go down to the SRI on Thursday and see whats, what.

thanks again
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