You worked in Taiwan last year and now you want to file your Taiwan taxes.
The question is…how? Will I need to go back to each employer? Do I need an accountant? I can’t even read Chinese! Not to worry, the National Taxation Bureau (財政部臺北國稅局) has made it sooooo easy - now you can file, and even pay, your taxes online using e-filing! Even if you are already back home! You can even get your refund online, too. All from the comfort of your own home, without ever having to go queue up at the tax office.
So, feeling good now? Excited? Ready to get any lingering tax worries behind you? Well..of course! And, in addition to all that civic virtue, there’s a plainly practical reason for your wanting to file: you need to show proof of having filed, and paid if you owe anything, to be able to get your next ARC. Without that, you can’t get your next job! No joy in that, eh? Plus, with your taxes filed and all that documentation in-hand you won’t face any tax penalties for filing and paying late, nor any sidelong glances from future employers - “Didn’t pay his taxes!”
Once you’ve got the e-filing program installed on your PC you’ll need just two pieces of information - your Financial CA (金融憑證), a sort of bank Identifier that your local Taiwan bank can give you, or your old ARC number.
With your Financial CA everything will be all auto-filled for you when you e-file; it will call up all your income for the year automatically from the bank. Getting your Financial CA number from your bank is the slickest way to go, especially if you’re overseas, since you don’t have to have any of your old pay stubs around.
Without your Financial CA you’ll need to know your income from your previous employers, and their tax ID number. Lacking that, you can stop by any National Taxation Bureau, and they can give you a CD-Rom with all the data. If you went this route, it’s probably easier to complete the filing while you are there.
With e-filing, once you file, if you owe any taxes you’ll be given two ways to pay – you can use your Taiwan ATM card and a card reader and pay online, or you can print the tax bill and pay it at any bank, post office or convenience store. If you have any refunds, you can choose to have them mailed to you by check or have them directly-deposited. It can’t get any easier than that!!
Remember, May is Tax filing month in Taiwan! You need to file your taxes between May 1st and May 31st. Tax payments are all due this year by June 13th.
So, what are you waiting for? Click here to get the program, run it on your PC and you’re good to go. Save time and be green - file online!