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  • jebckr
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #380 on: April 17, 2014, 12:26:44 am »
Hi, I'm being told I owe money for state taxes.  I lived in Alabama.  As I understand it, most people are exempt from state tax and all people are exempt from federal up to $95,000ish.

I'm guessing, Alabama is the exception to the rule here (they usually are).  Any info would be great.  Is there any way around this?  I can prove residence in Korea.  I have no house in Alabama and I'm not even registered to vote there.  Help...


  • jebckr
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #381 on: April 19, 2014, 04:30:23 pm »
Any info on this question?  I sent my taxes info to my parent's CPA lady.  She, while lovely I'm sure, has little experience with foreign tax returns.  She has told me she is honestly not sure if I owe or not, but I'd certainly like to know since $700 hangs in the balance.


  • Jet0716
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #382 on: August 01, 2014, 12:33:55 pm »
Hello, ive already been paid twice and just realize that i could do that form (8011 or whatever) to get out of taxes.  Even if i turn it in a little late i get a refund or something right?  Maybe?  PLEASE!


  • Tulfl2000
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #383 on: January 20, 2015, 11:36:06 am »
He guys.  Wanted to resurect this thread instead of making a new one. I'm kind of hoping for a quick answer.

I have my 6166 form with me and have to fill out my Korean Income Tax form.  Is there a slot where I can show that I have tax exemption status on the form or do I fill it out and hand it in with the 6166 form?

Thanks for any help.  Ah, taxes.  Stressful whatever country I live in.


  • leonardlee
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #384 on: February 04, 2015, 12:37:24 pm »
Hello, ive already been paid twice and just realize that i could do that form (8011 or whatever) to get out of taxes.  Even if i turn it in a little late i get a refund or something right?  Maybe?  PLEASE!

I'm in an almost similar situation, could someone chime in please?


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #385 on: February 04, 2015, 01:37:51 pm »
You might be able to get a refund but keep in mind that paper alone costs about $85 and might take 2-3 months to get.

If you already have a 6166 then you give it to your school admin office if you work at a public school. If you work at a hagwon then the 6166 isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The exemption doesn't apply to hagwon teachers.
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« Reply #386 on: February 10, 2015, 02:39:33 pm »
Question. I worked in Korea for one year in 2010-2011. I submitted my form for tax exemption and didn't pay taxes. I came back to Korea in 2013. The first year I did not pay taxes because I submitted a new tax exemption form. My coteacher came to me today to say that I owe 700K in taxes. My question is does my tax exemption start over again for two years 2013-2015? Or is the exemption only good for two years?


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Re: Korean Taxes!!
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Re: Korean Taxes!!
« Reply #388 on: February 12, 2015, 07:29:28 am »
Question. I worked in Korea for one year in 2010-2011. I submitted my form for tax exemption and didn't pay taxes. I came back to Korea in 2013. The first year I did not pay taxes because I submitted a new tax exemption form. My coteacher came to me today to say that I owe 700K in taxes. My question is does my tax exemption start over again for two years 2013-2015? Or is the exemption only good for two years?

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  • jcastane89
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #389 on: September 14, 2015, 05:51:32 pm »
Hey guys!

So it's been a while since anyone has posted on this thread, but I have a question. My U.S. Residency Certification has been denied. The reason being:

"Our records show that for the tax year shown above (2014), you either filed a Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income or a Form 1116 indicating your tax home was in South Korea for the tax period for which you are requesting certification. You have requested residency certification for purposes of claiming treaty benefits from South Korea.....For this reason we are unable to grant your request."

I've been teaching in South Korea for 2 years now and haven't paid taxes since I've been here. My first year I was at a private school, my second year at a public school with EPIK, and I just started my second (3rd year of teaching in Korea) contract with EPIK this semester. I absolutely have no idea what to do next? What question(s) to ask to the IRS, Korean tax offices.

Any helpful advice would be more than appreciated. It's been literally giving me a headache these past few days.

Thanks!


  • jcastane89
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #390 on: September 14, 2015, 06:35:52 pm »
Hey rhannahbrown!

I know that for my 3rd year I won't be tax exempt. I'm worried about having to pay taxes NOW (or before I leave) here in Korea for the first 2 years I was here since I wasn't able to obtain my U.S. Residency Certification. I'm not sure if it would also affect my pension money.

I was told by my co-teacher today that starting this month, I'll be taxed every paycheck.



Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #391 on: September 17, 2015, 01:47:51 pm »
In my experience and from what I've learned, the Residency Certificate can start anytime (personal experience, started in April 2012).  As for the validity of the Residency Certificate, I thought that was only in effect for Government employees, i.e. public schools.  So Hagwons should not count AFAIK.


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #392 on: October 05, 2015, 10:33:07 pm »
So I sent the IRS an 8802 form so I could get my 6166 form. However, instead of sending me the 6166 forms, they sent me a W-8 BEN form (which is for foreigners who work in the US?) Why? How?


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #393 on: October 06, 2015, 01:51:13 pm »
So I sent the IRS an 8802 form so I could get my 6166 form. However, instead of sending me the 6166 forms, they sent me a W-8 BEN form (which is for foreigners who work in the US?) Why? How?

Try calling the IRS. There was probably some mixup in your forms but I doubt anyone on Waygook will have an answer.


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #394 on: October 06, 2015, 03:33:38 pm »
does anybody have a source for the two year exemption? i've heard that alot but when I looked at the irs website it says if you live outside the us for more than like 330 days then you can be eligible to not pay, unless you make more than about 100000 a year.  There was no limit mentioned.
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #395 on: October 06, 2015, 03:44:47 pm »
does anybody have a source for the two year exemption? i've heard that alot but when I looked at the irs website it says if you live outside the us for more than like 330 days then you can be eligible to not pay, unless you make more than about 100000 a year.  There was no limit mentioned.

The two year exemption is for Korean taxes. You ARE exempt from paying American income tax because of what you mentioned, but you are still supposed to file your taxes and report your foreign earned income.


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #396 on: October 06, 2015, 04:02:28 pm »
does anybody have a source for the two year exemption? i've heard that alot but when I looked at the irs website it says if you live outside the us for more than like 330 days then you can be eligible to not pay, unless you make more than about 100000 a year.  There was no limit mentioned.

Regarding your 330 days question, I always second guess myself when doing the taxes.  I believe you are referring to the "Bonafide resident" BS-thingy.  I'm pretty sure I've filled out my taxes both ways and didn't pay any taxes (as I should not have). 

Just as an FYI, there is a limit as you mentioned but if you are making that limit, then you already sold your soul to the devil and don't need to worry about taxes.


Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #397 on: November 03, 2015, 10:15:46 am »
Hello everyone! We just backfiled some taxes (mailed from Korea).
 I need the tax transcripts asap. Anyone have any current experience with the waiting time?
 How long does sit take for irs to process the taxes so I can then request a tax transcript?
I need the taxes for US spousal immigration purposes.


  • country09
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #398 on: November 03, 2015, 10:41:32 am »
It took them about a month to process my back taxes but I sent them back in February. I had about 4 years worth being processed.


  • Korea13
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Re: Questions and Answers for American Taxes
« Reply #399 on: November 03, 2015, 12:31:18 pm »
Hello everyone! We just backfiled some taxes (mailed from Korea).
 I need the tax transcripts asap. Anyone have any current experience with the waiting time?
 How long does sit take for irs to process the taxes so I can then request a tax transcript?
I need the taxes for US spousal immigration purposes.

I backfilled my 2013 tax return with my 2014 tax this March. On the IRS Where My Refund website, it's still showing that my tax return are being process. It been 9 months now and still not complete yet.