I’m a Brit wanting to based in Taipei (on 30 day tourist visas at the moment). Currently working for an HK registered company with money paid into my UK bank account so I haven’t been paying tax to Taiwan yet.
I heard that if you are in Taiwan for more than 30 days a year you need to start paying some kind of tax. Where can I find the current tax levels?
At the moment my 30 day tourist visa entry isn’t really a problem as I travel a lot for work, but it’s still always a slight stress having my next leaving ticket booked (I simply shift a pre-booked flexi ticket a few weeks after my entry date).
I therefore want to get a longer term multi-entry visa that permits me to stay pretty much as long as I want each time as well as to work (although I would not be making any sales in Taiwan - I would put myself as a graphic/web designer working from home). I also want to become a good tax paying citizen but not pay too much
I know I’m also losing out a bit by having all my salary converted to pounds in my UK bank account (although for sure I have been helped by the drop in pound value).
Secondly to this, I want to give my Taiwanese GF a minimal wage from this company so that she can pay some kind of tax too etc. so she is another factor/asset that needs to be considered. E.g. if her tax rate allowances are larger than mine, I completely trust paying her more money than myself etc. or if I need a local parter for registration, she would be it etc.
My thoughts are the best situation is for me going forward is this:
- Register an HK company with corporate bank account into which my salary goes (my employer is willing to hire my company as a consultant rather than pay my salary so it’s not a problem that side).
- Open a personal HK bank account (or should/could it be Taiwan?) into which I’m paid a minimum wage that equals minimum tax.
- Pay my GF a minimum wage into her existing personal TW bank account.
- Apply for a Taiwan visa as staff for a foreign company based working at home (i.e. no registered office and no Taiwan based sales) < Is this possible or do I still need to register some kind of rep office?
Any advice on the above would be much appreciated.