I have been in taiwan for the last 4 years. i have been working for a international engineering firm working on major projects including high speed rail and other projects in asia.
I am so confused as i am on a normal visitors visa and have been for the last 4 years so have to do the visa run every 60 days (firm pays for).
Now i pay tax. i get a official tax receipt from the tax buro. our company has a chap who deals with this. I also have an official tax number.
I have spoken to my boss and he informs me that this is not unusual. many people in the same boat. people with ARC have a tax number and people like me have another tax number. I have seen my tax number on my official tax certificate that i get every year that shows how much tax i pay.
Is this legal??? i have never been asked questions anyway at immigration or visa offices outside taiwan.
Is this situation common? I am not the only one in our firm who has the same situation. many people come and go from Europe. many people in our office used to come for a good few years on a visitors visa yet all the taxes are payed for the foreigners.
every now and again my company takes my passport and makes copies for the tax buro.
they must know what the situation is but will they make trouble or because paying taxes they turn a blind eye.
I am just worried that one day they might nab me at the airport and deorted and never to return so i always carry tax certificates just in case.
prehaps someone can shed some light on this matter???