I’ve made some other posts about my plans to set up business in Taiwan but there’s another option I would like to consider. Essentially, I hate living in the UK and want out. I own a recording studio here in England and make a good living from both the musical and business sides. Love the work, hate the environment. I also have a TESL degree so I could easily find teaching work in Taiwan, but it would tear me apart to choose between living in Taiwan or working in music. (Yeh, I want it all but whatcha gonna do?)
So, what if I get my ARC through employment as a teacher or taking a BSc or whatever, build a studio in my house and carry on making music? My company will still be UK registered, I’ll still be working for that UK company, but I’ll just physically be somewhere else. I know I will eventually have to pay tax in Taiwan, but what about the work issue? Does it count as ‘voluntary work’? No matter how anal the Taiwanese authorities are, are they really going to want to chuck people out who are regularly paying hefty tax on money they’ve earned abroad?
For example, I do a lot of travelling to America. While I’m there I get any urgent writing projects done on my laptop or in a temporary studio and send them back to the UK. I’ve never had a US work permit or residency but this is legal because I’m never getting paid by US companies. This makes sense, but I know a lot of things in Taiwan don’t necessarily ‘make sense’ in the same way. So what’s the deal here?