I have read as many posts as I have been able to get my hands on here. However I would really appreciate your thoughts and insights into my possible predicament.
My work visa and ARC are soon to be up by July 31. My school wants to keep me on and I would like to sign a new contract with them. However, my school informed me that I need to include my a reciept for filed/paid taxes for last year with my new health check to the CLA for a new work permit.
I did file my taxes for 2007 and there is no problem for that year. I am getting money back.
The problem is I taught English ILLEGALLY for the two years before 2007 in Taiwan, constantly flying in and out of Taiwan. I was working at a school I really liked that couldn’t offer me an ARC and it was fun to go on weekend trips constantly. But I finally had enough of that and decided to go legal. So I got a legal job with work visa and ARC.
Then when I filed my taxes this past May, the tax office looked at my travel activity for the two years before and I admitted that I was working illegally. They did the calculations of the tax that I owed and it has been filed. But not paid yet.
So I am just worried that the when the CLA looks at my reciept for my taxes filed this year, they will notice that I paid taxes from the two other years but had no ARC.
My first question is: When issuing a new work permit, is the CLA just interested or mainly interested in taxes filed/paid from 2007? Or are they going to check before that? I presume if the past illegal years show up I will be in trouble.
I really don’t want to one day be deported so I was suddenly thinking of leaving Taiwan after my contract and arc expires on July 31.
But I am wondering as I am at the airport, will my unpaid taxes show up? What will happen then? Will I not be able to leave?
Or will they even nab me there for working illegally, now that I have filed those taxes?
If one is deported, how is it done? Do they come and get you and lock you up? Or do they notify that you only have so many days before you have to leave? Do you have a chance to get your things together and some money?
All information, suggestions, and advice are very welcome. And I might have to make a rash decision soon.