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U.S. residency certificate= tax $$ back?

 
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Ghost_Gorilla



Joined: 25 Nov 2012

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: U.S. residency certificate= tax $$ back? Reply with quote

someone was telling me that you have to get a residency certificate, then show it to some office in Korea, and you can get all the taxes you've paid from working here back. If you bring the certificate before you come, you can be exempt from the taxes. Is there anyone who has any experience in this department who can shed some light? Thanks.
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newb



Joined: 27 Aug 2012
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: U.S. residency certificate= tax $$ back? Reply with quote

Ghost_Gorilla wrote:
someone was telling me that you have to get a residency certificate, then show it to some office in Korea, and you can get all the taxes you've paid from working here back. If you bring the certificate before you come, you can be exempt from the taxes. Is there anyone who has any experience in this department who can shed some light? Thanks.


As far as I know, only teachers at PS and Public Univ. are exempt from paying taxes for first two years of employment in Korea. Hagwon teachers are not qualified.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: U.S. residency certificate= tax $$ back? Reply with quote

Ghost_Gorilla wrote:
someone was telling me that you have to get a residency certificate, then show it to some office in Korea, and you can get all the taxes you've paid from working here back. If you bring the certificate before you come, you can be exempt from the taxes. Is there anyone who has any experience in this department who can shed some light? Thanks.


If you work at a government job (public school or publicly funded university) you can get a 2 year tax holiday.
You need to file an IRS form 8802 ($85 fee) and you will get back a form 6166.

If you work for a private company (hagwon) then you do not get the tax break. You pay according to the tax tables found on the NPS website.

It only applies for your first 2 years in Korea so if you work for 2 years at a hagwon then switch to a PS you don't get the break.

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Ghost_Gorilla



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, thanks guys!
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