I’ve only been in Taiwan a few years, but I have heard this phrase (and variations on it) so many times–uttered by both Taiwanese and foreigners alike.
“Don’t pay your parking and speeding tickets. You’re leaving the country anyway.”
“Just go ahead and sign the lease for the apartment for the next three years. Yeah, you’re leaving in a few months, but you’re never coming back to Taiwan, right?”
“Don’t worry about taxes. You’re never coming back to Taiwan.”
and so on and so on…
In all these cases, I made it clear to the person that I probably would be returning to Taiwan someday–or I wanted to stay a while longer. At the very least, I would like to have the option to return to Taiwan and not have some unpaid bills or unpaid taxes haunting me.
I’m no angel, but I truly dislike hearing of schemes like these.
Sure, sitting in a bar, you are sure to hear tales of someone’s buddy who overstayed his visa for five years, never paid taxes, and left Taiwan with a small fine and pat on the back at the airport. Or someone will tell you (or post here telling) how that person worked as a consultant and never paid taxes and so on.
But from my limited experience–in Taiwan and in the world at large–those types of schemes always come back to bite you.
So, I would say–just pay the taxes. And ask, is being employed as a consultant better for me–or for the boss and his/her company ???