The Taiwan government introduced several supportive tax measures covering a wide range of different aspects for COVID-19. This e-tax alert summarizes the major ones relevant to individual taxpayers including: (1) Deferral of tax payments or by installments; (2) Extension of tax filing and payment deadline under special circumstances (e.g. quarantine or isolation) and (3) The tax exemption treatment on the subsidy paid by government to the person who is under isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19.
On March 25, 2020 Taiwan Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced a special guideline allowing taxpayers having difficulties to make tax payments to apply for deferral of tax payments or by monthly installments.
1.1 Applicable period
The special guideline is applicable to tax payments due date between January 15, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
1.2 Applicable taxpayers
Taxpayers having difficulties to make tax payments by the statutory deadline due to COVID-19 may apply for deferral of tax payments for a maximum of 12 months or by monthly installments of up to 36 months, without late payment interest, if meeting any of the following conditions:
1.3 Application procedures
Taxpayers should submit the prescribed application form along with relevant supporting documents with the competent tax authorities by the original tax payment deadline as stipulated.
1.4 Points to note
On March 5, 2020 Taiwan MOF announced a tax ruling which grant affected taxpayers an extension to file and pay their taxes.
2.1 Applicable period
This ruling is applicable to tax filings or payments originally due in March to May 2020.
2.2 Applicable situations
For individual taxpayers whereas the representative person, in-charge accountant, or the CPA, booker engaged for filing the returns is under isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 during the original prescribed time limit of tax filing and payments.
2.3 Application procedures
No pre-application is required but taxpayers should attach the notice of isolation, quarantine, medication or other relevant documents during the tax filing procedures under the extended deadline. For taxes levied under special assessment basis (e.g. compared to self-reporting mechanism), taxpayers may also provide the above supporting documents to the relevant in-charge tax authorities before the above extended deadline to facilitate relevant tax assessment arrangements.
2.4 Points to note
In case the above personnel is still under isolated medication by the extended deadline, further 20 days extension is granted following the end of the isolated medication period.
For person who is ordered to be self-isolated, quarantined or for person who needs to take leave or is unable to work to take care of family member who is under quarantine due to COVID-19, that person can apply for a subsidy for NTD 1,000 per day per person. The subsidy period is from the day the person begins to self-isolate or quarantine till the end of quarantine period.
According to MOF tax ruling released on March 31, 2020, such government subsidy will be falling under, Article 4-17 of Income Tax Act and be exempted from individual income tax.
Foreign nationals, starting from March 19, are not allowed to enter Taiwan unless documents of granted entry are provided and shall be quarantined at home for 14 days if granted entry.
The Taiwan government announced different supportive measures to encounter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic situation.
In light of the different applicable conditions, procedures and timelines on these policies, taxpayers should evaluate the particular supportive measures that are applicable to them, together with supporting documents and relevant preparations going ahead.
Ellen Ting, Partner
Lorri Lai, Director
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