I have held my visa through my spouse for the past 5 years and I work for a large bilingual school. This is the first year we have been taxed as we had been untaxed like other Taiwanese teachers. I have no problem with paying taxes, but the school insists the tax withholding rate is 18% and there is nothing they can do about it. I was told “it is the law” and that “there is nothing the school can do about it.”
I was told that if I had any questions I should contact the tax office.
The tax office said I should be taxed 5% like other Taiwanese.
Any idea how to proceed? I see R.H. has a drafted letter above, but that is kind of old.
Could there be any reason my employer would be doing this?
What could my employer do differently to bring my tax withholding rate dow to the 5% I am entitled to?
As a parent and the sole breadwinner in my family, 18% is a cruel amount to withhold without any deductions simply because I am a non-resident. It certainly does not encourage people to have families.