[quote=“ironlady”]This has been covered elsewhere (but it might be hard to search for).
I have not filed taxes since 2004 (because I’ve left Taiwan) but for the decade-odd before that, I always showed up at the Tax Office with no fewer than five, and usually about nine, koujiao pindan forms. No one ever inquired as to the legality or lack thereof of the income (in fact, given my occupation and activities, I bet no one really knew!) They simply took the money. On one occasion, the lady even helped me to take a higher deduction in one case, where the category of income was “performance” for some reason (I think it was a video or something) and I was entitled to deduct more money for make-up and supplies, or something.
Now, has this changed in the past two or three years? I have no idea. Likely not. The day Immigration, the Tax Office and the CLA link their computer systems will be the day of a grand exodus from Taiwan…[/quote]
i think you are right. the local Tax Bureau doesnt really care how you got here, why you are here, are you legally here or not? All they want is THEIR MONEY Pay them their money is all they care about. All the rest is some other govt arms problems
Things are a LOT tuffer now, but i remember some years ago an american buddy of mine and i went to the Foreign Affairs police because he had over-stayed his visa by FOUR YEARS. It took about 20mins of waiting before they would/could tell him what will happen. As he and i waited nervously (him not me), they finally summoned him to the desk and told him that since he had paid his taxes like he should for working in tAiwan. All he would have to do is pay a fine for overstaying his visa. NO deportation or anything like that. They even stamped his passport for another sixty day stay. And his fine you ask? 120NT dollars !!! Ahhh those were the days !!!
now we are talking bout DEPORTATION, JAIL, being BANNED from Taiwan (for the amount of time you over-stayed your visa), etc.
Actually i think that the tax office and the foreign affairs police computers are already linked but they dont give you trouble for PAYING your taxes !! That will always count in YOUR favor. The Tax Office wants to make sure people pay their taxes and wont allow their records to be used to DEPORT people for improper use of their ARC and what not, i dont think. But hey? I dont run the TAiwanese govt. so dont blame me if things have changed