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Someone once told me that tax evasion was a way of life in Taiwan. I had never really witnessed it (other than off hand comments from my wife about her father’s dealings and a little bit of sketchy bookeeping from my former school), but the other day I was kind of thrown back on my heels.
So I am working at this nice, up-scale Pre-school/Kindergarten/buxiban in DaAn District. It is a very nice school with influential clientele (so I’m told). I just started my first few days and was talking to the boss and financial person about how pay works. Now get this, they just up and tell me how I’m going to get paid half of my salary on the 15th in cash (under the table) and the rest by direct deposit on the 25th of each month. I wasn’t so much surprised that they were only going to report half of my earning to the government, I was more surprised that they just came out and told me. the whole time they were going on about this I was trying so hard to hold back my amusement and look serious and interested. Haha, they even tried to tell me that they do this because so many teachers were asking for cash advanses on their salaries in the past.
I guess I should be happy that I will only have to pay taxes on half of my income, and my health insurace will be cheaper too. However, I am wondering if I should be concerned now that I know this is going on. Last thing I want is trouble for myself and my family, but you know, it is one of those “everyone else is doing it” mentalities at work here. Anyone else have good tax evasion stories or adivse on this matter?