While Brian et al are moaning about Uber not paying any tax out of their 25% cut (despite the fact that they do .. to a foreign government), nobody is really interested in chasing the drivers, who are taking 75%. Oh, wait ... could this be because it's easier to chase one foreign corporation with scant protection under the law than to go after 10,000 Taiwanese voters?
As I said earlier, the logical way to get car owners, private or commercial, to pay for their use of infrastructure would be to impose an appropriate fuel tax. It matters not one jot whether they are organised, who organises them, or whether there are foreigners involved. The net financial result remains the same.
Income tax is a different issue, but again, as long as the money flows in, who cares exactly where it's flowing from?
Like I said, there's always a Lawyer somewhere trying to make things complicated
I've no idea. I guess so. It happens. It was just a thought experiment to illustrate that such a thing would be possible, and that Uber really are doing what they say they're doing: licensing some IP, and/or providing digital infrastructure. Apparently, their registration as such has never been contested, except by the NTB. In other words, the NTB are overreaching their jurisdiction.
Incidentally, I notice nobody has responded to my fagpacket calculation suggesting that Uber are probably making a million or two euros a year in Taiwan, net. There are probably famous noodle shops earning more than that. For all the talk of Uber taking over the world, five minutes with a calculator suggests that 25% of a lot of small numbers doesn't add up to an outrageous fortune; certainly not one worthy of special government attention.