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ujin821



Joined: 25 Jan 2008
Location: obsolete account

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a question about my situation:

I'm working part-time as a freelancer/independent contractor (and yes, I am on an F-visa), so I'll be charged the 3.3% tax. I qualify for not being taxed at all based on the calculator, so is it possible to get the employers to tax nothing at every paycheck (by giving them proof, I'd assume), or do I have to wait until the end of the year and do a tax return? In my case, having the money immediately instead of at the end of the year would make a world of difference.
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hagwonnewbie



Joined: 09 Feb 2007
Location: Asia

PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to the local tax office. I had prepared a complaint and all the accompanying documents.

I also called the foreign workers tax advocate. He contacted my boss and then called me back. I got the ball rolling.

As you might imagine, my pension hadn't been paid either, but that issue is a little easier to rectify. I just wait for the government to seize his property, and he will be forced to pay. Pretty ridiculous, huh?
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hagwonnewbie



Joined: 09 Feb 2007
Location: Asia

PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

I received my 24(1) from my boss today. I'm getting my money. Yeah!

Thanks to everybody that posted information.
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debinoxford



Joined: 10 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, here's a new tax problem. i just found out that my former director (the school was just sold) did not start taking out taxes on me until october 2007...i'd been working there all year. so i was told today that in order to get that money refunded, i have to back pay all the previous taxes and then i'll get it all back. anyone else had to do this before? i could just scratch the 3 months, but i am here until this coming october. i hate being legal and working in the system. oh yes, and i found out that my former boss had been reporting my income at about half of what it actually is...how is that allowed? i can get it changed to my actual income, and it means i'll get more taken out on taxes and pension, but god, at least i'll be legal. this country is so freaking weird.
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Miles Rationis



Joined: 08 May 2007
Location: Just Say No To Korea!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tax Calculator Links are broken and not working....this has opened up a whole new can of worms...
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sjk1128



Joined: 04 Feb 2005

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: New design Reply with quote

They changed their website all around. If you go to this link

http://www.nts.go.kr/eng/resources/resour_41.asp?top_code=R001&sub_code=RS04&ssub_code=RSD1

and then look over on the right at the beige colored bar, I think it's all still there. I don't know, though, because mine are finished for this year. I only went to the site to check my withholding for my new contract/ salary.

Good luck.
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I-am-me



Joined: 21 Feb 2006
Location: Hermit Kingdom

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent 2 hours at tax office this week clearing up the issue of my tax rate. Both the tax worker in Suwon and worker in Seoul kept telling me I was an independent contractor. They finally looked at my contract to see that I am an "employee" and whose boss pays pension and health insurance. Now I am a "salaried worker". My tax rate went from 3.3% to 1.7%. Now I am waiting for the boss to submit my last 3 years taxes to see if I get a refund. Confused
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dimnd



Joined: 19 May 2005
Location: Western USA

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: tax refund Reply with quote

Is this collected ONLY after you leave the country for good?
What happens if you left the country and came back for another E-2 visa and entered on a tourist visa..twice.?

Is there a time limit on when to collect the pension money, or is it for each respective job and if having not collected from previous E-2's while in country, is it too late?
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hbyrne1206



Joined: 04 Nov 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Provencher wrote:
So it seems that, after reading the "Income Tax Guide For Foreigners", that I am not eligible for a tax exempt status. The guide gives two examples of teachers from the USA. The first example "John" gets a refund and the second example "Sara" does not. The main difference is that John works for a government-recognized educational institution such as a public school or university. Sara works for a private academy. I do too.

You should read it yourself if you are curious about the details, but here is the section that answered my question:

Quote:
In conclusion Sara is taxable according to Korean income tax law, because she doesn't meet all the requirements for income tax exemption which are described in the tax convention (between Korea and the US government). Even though Sara works for an English academy for a year and a half (not exceeding 2yrs), and for the purpose of teaching, the private English academy is not a government-recognized educational institution. She teaches English for the purpose of private benifit.


I didn't read through the thread but just to let you know... I'm an American working at a private academy and I have gotten my tax refund distributed to me via my boss, it was in my paycheck in January. He said when I leave I will get the rest of it. The first amount was about 300,000 won.

Good luck.
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ellegarden



Joined: 01 Sep 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just started thinking about a tax refund now. I'm pretty sure I'm entitled some money back as I have been paying 3.3% on my monthly income since September of last year. My boss at the private academy has not mentioned anything to me about taxes and I doubt he knows much about it.

How am I able to get my tax refund at this point in time?

What months am I able to get a tax refund for?

ie. Should I get money back only for Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.?

If only these months, how can I get a refund for the remaining months of my one year contract?
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sojourner1



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
Location: Where meggi swim and 2 wheeled tractors go sput put chug alugg pug pug

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the Korean governments action on tax law when foreign teachers report that their hagwon failed to pay NTS the tax taken out of their paychecks?

I sure hope Korea government is not a pushover, but it appears that they are as the National Pension Office seems to not force hagwons to pay pension money to them, but just waits for them to do so. Hagwon director says she paid the last 2 months, but cheated me out of that money.


As for taxes, the hagwon I used to teach for lied to me in an email after I finished saying I left bills and caused the director a bad credit which in fact I did not and then when I told them they were wrong, they just stopped communicating with me and won't reply. The head teacher who is a foreigner can't talk either as he knows it's wrong and still wants to work for the school. I am betting the hagwon director only treats the head teacher fairly to project confidence in the FT's as to keep the hagwon operating.

Can I just slam them some how with the law for cheating me once I get back into Korea?
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Tokki1



Joined: 14 May 2007
Location: The gap between the Korean superiority and inferiority complex

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been here 7 years.

Currently working for GEPIK (no taxes taken off of pay, lol).

Never done taxes here in my life.

On a scale from 1-10, how screwed am I when Canada figures this out and my nonresidency turns into a 'you owe the Canadian Government tons of money' situation?
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hasenman



Joined: 11 Oct 2006
Location: states

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so if anyone is still reading this thread and would like to answer the repeated question of: "If I am not in Korea, and missed the May 'deadline', then is there any way of getting the tax refund back...or is it gone after the May 31st deadline???"

i'm returning to korea next month so i'll be able to file something then if needed. also, my hagwon DID NOT pay pension and medical...how would i legally go about getting my refund without getting myself in trouble (i assume Kgov will tell me it's my fault because i should know the laws..blah blah)
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wormholes101



Joined: 11 Mar 2003

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know if tax refunds are retroactive? Can we collect on taxes for the last 5+ years?
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Tobias



Joined: 02 Jun 2008

PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: My situation Reply with quote

Need some info here, guys. I'm from the USA, and here's my situation, past, present, and (near) future:

1. Came in early 2007 to a public school. This was/is my first job here.
2. Never had taxes taken out during 2007
3. New HR person arrives in May 2008 and starts deducting taxes from my salary. I had to pay a lump sum for January-May 2008, and am now paying about 90K a month in taxes, albeit I'm still in the two-year window.
4. I've been told by my school wigs that I must bring them a 'proof of residency' certificate before the deductions will stop.

Now...am I going to be able to get the tax refund without the certificate of residency? When first told I needed this certifcate to stop deductions, I nearly went ballistic. I needed to 'prove' I'm a citizen of the US? Why the hell is that? I have a passport, a US driver's license, and a US bank account. I also have the job because I'm a citizen of the US. Now I have to 'prove' I am?

MUST I submit that damn certificate before I can get my taxes back, albeit I'm exempt from paying taxes my first two years? Anyone else been in this boat or is in it now? The end of the year will be here soon, and I want to get my ducks in a row so I can get the refund of the taxes I'm (by law) not supposed to be paying.

Thanks for any info, guys.
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