In this page:
Accounting Rules |
Tax Rates |
Intellectual Property |
Legal Framework |
- Nature of the Tax
- Tax Rate
The VAT rate is 5% flat.
- Reduced Tax Rate
The tax rate that applies to banks, insurance companies, trust and investment companies, securities traders, futures traders, bills finance companies, and pawnshops (except reinsurance premium income, for which the rate is 1%) is 2%. Export sales and export-related services are subject to zero tax rate.
More information onInvest in Taiwan (investment guide).
- Other Consumption Taxes
Special Business tax, etc. More information in the 2012 PKF guide on Taiwan. Moreover, internet vendors who sell products for profit and have monthly sales approximately USD 1,850 are taxed. Products including rubber tires, cement, non-alcoholic beverages, oil and gas, certain electrical appliances, flat glass, and motor vehicles are subject to commodity taxes that range from 8% to 50% ad valorem or other specific basis.
Learn more about Service Providers in Taiwan on Globaltrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.
- Company Tax
- Tax Rate For Foreign Companies
Resident and non-resident companies are charged in the same way concerning taxation. They're charged on worldwide income generated in Taiwan. If a person resides in Taiwan less than 90 days in a year, the tax rate will be 20%.
Over 90 days, the tax rate is the normal tax rate for local residents, no matter whether Taiwanese or foreigners.
- Capital Gains Taxation
Capital gains are taxed in the same way as ordinary income.
- Main Allowable Deductions and Tax Credits
Consult the PKF 2012 Tax guide.
- Other Corporate Taxes
Real Property Tax (Land Value Tax) of 1 to 5.5%; Deed Tax is imposed on the transfer of real estate at tax rates varying from 2% to 6%.
- Other Domestic Resources
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions.
Country Comparison For Corporate Taxation
||East Asia & Pacific
|Number of Payments of Taxes per Year
|Time Taken For Administrative Formalities (Hours)
|Total Share of Taxes (% of Profit)
- Last Available Data.
|Individuals income tax
||Progressive rate from 5% to 40%
|From NTD 0 to 520,000
|From NTD 520,001 to 1,170,000
|From NTD 1,170,001 to 2,350,000
|From NTD 2,350,001 to 4,400,000
|Beyond NTD 4,400,001
- Allowable Deductions and Tax Credits
Medical care and insurance allowances, Losses of goods due to natural disasters and Loans interests paid for the purchase of the main home are often deductible. Non-residents are not entitled to personal exemptions or deductions.
For additional information consult the 2012 Taiwan Tax Guide of PKF.
- Special Expatriate Tax Regime
For non-residents, income tax is computed on a gross basis and tax is collected via withholding, at a progressive rate of up to 40%.
Learn more about Taxes and Accounting in Taiwan on Globaltrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.
- National Organizations
In order to register a patent, a trademark or a technical design, it is necessary to present it beforehand to The Intellectual Property Office and apply to an expert in Taiwanese patents recognized by the authorities.
- Regional Organizations
Chinese Intellectual Property Protection Association.
National Regulation and International Agreements
|Type of property and law
||International Agreements Signed
|20; 12 or 10 years
|The life of the author and fifty years after the author's death.
- Independence of Justice
The judiciary in Taiwan is largely independent, and trials are public and generally fair. Foreigners can be guaranteed an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system.
But Taiwan is not completely free from corruption (it particularly exists in country’s police force and judiciary): vote buying is a common practice at the time of elections and political and organized crime exits in the country. In 2011, the administration established the Agency against Corruption to strengthen efforts on this issue.
- Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreigners can be guaranteed an impartial trial from the country's judicial system.
- The Language of Justice
The judicial language used in the country is Mandarin Chinese, having an interpreter is possible.
- Recourse to an Interpreter
Having an interpreter is possible.
- Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Taiwanese Law today is mainly based on the civil law system.
- Checking National Laws Online
Taiwanese legal research guide
Learn more about Lawyers and Legal in Taiwan on Globaltrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.
- National Standards Organizations
Bureau of Standards
- Integration in the International Standards Network
In an effort to enhance industrial competitiveness, maintain fair trade, and protect consumers as well as ensuring sustainable economic development, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has been dedicated to promoting standardization, metrology and inspection systems in line with international practices.
Bilaterally, the BSMI has concluded cooperation arrangements with 30 organizations of 23 countries. More information on the Bureau of standards website.
- Online Consultation of Standards
Bureau of standards website.
- Certification Organizations
Bureau of standards
- General Information
- Opening Hours and Days
Shops are usually open every day and close at 10 pm. Banks are open from 9 am to 3h30 pm, Monday to Friday. Companies generally they work from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
|Chinese Lunar New Year
||January or February
|Peace Memorial Day
|Tomb Sweeping Day
|Dragon Boat Festival
||In Chinese Lunar calendar: June 12th
||In Chinese Lunar calendar: September 20th
Periods When Companies Usually Close
|Chinese New Year
||1 week in January or February.
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Last Updates: December 2014