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  • LAJenney
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Too late to submit resident cert?
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:04:55 am »
It has taken 5 months for me to get my resident certificate. I finally have it and it is dated for 2013. I know i am submitting it late in the year but it should still be valid and would allow me to recieve the taxes i have paid in over the year to be given back to me. My head teacher says I am too late. What can I do about this so i can have my taxes back?
Looking to make new friends in Korea! I will be residing near Seoul, but living in Bundang.


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  • The Legend

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Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 08:21:20 am »
Same thing happened to me. I paid $85 and applied for the residency certificate before I started work, but it took something like five months for the IRS to send it to me. Like me, you are too late. You can't get your taxes back now. It says in your contract the residency certificate must be submitted before your first pay date in order to be eligible for the tax exemption.


  • LAJenney
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Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 08:28:09 am »
oh noooooooooooooooooo o! what if i file it with a tax lawyer? technically i shouldnt have to pay those taxes.  =(
Looking to make new friends in Korea! I will be residing near Seoul, but living in Bundang.


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  • Waygookin

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    • March 28, 2013, 08:03:16 am
    • Haman, Gyeongnam
Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2014, 01:08:23 pm »
The reason you don't pay Korean taxes is because the RoK and the United States have a treaty regarding dual taxation. There is a clause specifically exempting Teachers from paying Korean taxes.

Your school contract is, in this case, not a legally binding document. The clause in the contract is purely for the convenience (sp?) of school administrators. You are exempt from Korean taxes regardless of your school's position on the issue. International treaties outweigh school contracts 10 out of 10 times.

The residency certificate should be forwarded to the relevant tax authorities by your school. They will issue a refund. If your school refuses to forward the residency certificate to the Korean tax authorities, you need to contact them yourself and explain the situation. You are entitled to a refund, it is your right under international treaty, and you need to claim it.

I turned my certificate in 3 months after the start of the school year. My fiance did likewise. Neither of us have paid a dime in Korean income taxes.


Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2014, 01:31:50 pm »
I have heard of refunds being given to people who've contacted the tax office.


  • LAJenney
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Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 07:15:52 pm »
They are refusing to help me. Is this the proper location and phone number of the tax office?   I can go tomorrow.

http://nts.go.kr/eng/about/about_06.asp?top_code=A001&sub_code=AS01&ssub_code=ASA6
Looking to make new friends in Korea! I will be residing near Seoul, but living in Bundang.


Re: Too late to submit resident cert?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2014, 07:20:50 pm »
Go to the one nearest you

"We have a number of tax specialists in our headquarter and regional or district tax offices.

However, your first contact with a district tax office concerned is preferable  "

http://nts.go.kr/eng/help/help_41.asp?top_code=H001&sub_code=HS04&ssub_code=HSD1
« Last Edit: January 14, 2014, 07:22:30 pm by techteacher »