Teaching English in Taiwan Frequently Asked Questions

General Information


General Information

    Are the American visiting teachers required to pay a Taiwan income tax?
    Yes. Starting in 2012, all K-9 teachers in Taiwan must pay income tax, including foreign teachers.
     
    By reference to the Income Tax Act of the Republic of China, the only criteria for deciding the tax character of a foreign taxpayer is the 183-day rule (from January to December of each year). This means a person who was physically present for 183 days or more in Taiwan in a taxable year will be classified as a tax resident and shall have 5% of income withhold beginning on the day he is declared a tax resident. On the other hand, a person who hasn’t spent more than 183 days living in Taiwan in a year is considered a non-resident and his withholding rate will be fixed at 18%. The host school in Taiwan will deduct income tax from your salary every month. Any excess money that is withheld for taxes can be claimed back by filing an individual income tax return with the national tax administration following the prescribed refund procedure. The actual rates are subject to change by the government of Taiwan and will be calculated based on the guidelines of Taiwan’s taxation authority.
     

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    How do I apply?
    Complete and submit the application.  Select three people to serve as references and include letters of recommendation from your references.

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    How does a year in Taiwan affect a teacher's job status in Ohio?
    As an employee of a school district in Taiwan you would not be paying into State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS). You would need to either resign your position or work out a leave of absence with the district where you have a contract if you plan to return to that job after teaching abroad.

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    How does a year in Taiwan affect contributions to STRS?
    See above. If you secure a leave of absence from your district and return to the same district, you can purchase the year you were away by making monthly payments equal to what you would have paid had you remained in the district. You would have up to two years to do this.  For further questions, call STRS at (888) 227-7877. For information on purchasing service credit through STRS for the time you are away, visit this website.

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    How many Ohio teachers will be accepted for the program?
    There is no limit.

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    How will I be compensated for my work in Taiwan?
    The Taiwanese government will provide Ohio teachers with housing stipends and wages. Monthly wages will be dependent on teaching experience and level of education attainment, according to the following schedule (conversion to U.S. dollars is based on the current exchange rate and is subject to change):
    • Holders of doctoral degrees: NT 73,025~91,420 = US $2,592– $3,245
    • Holders of master degrees: NT 69,965~86,820 = US $2,484 – $3,082
    • Holders of bachelor degrees: NT62,720~78,045 = US $2,226 – $2,770

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    Is a school district obligated to keep your job when you return?
    It all depends on the arrangements that you make with them. The Department cannot request that you be given special treatment.

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    Is there a Health Insurance System in Taiwan? How much should I pay?
    The National Health Insurance system requires each person to pay an average 1.47% of income a month for the insurance. This will be about $50 a month for our teachers. A family member who is brought to Taiwan must wait 6 months to join the insurance program.

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    What if I am selected and have signed my contract with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, but decide not to go after all?
    A teacher must buy the flight ticket(s) to Taiwan, but s/he will be reimbursed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education after arriving. However, if the teacher decides not to go and cancels the trip, the Ministry of Education will not reimburse the amount of the flight ticket and will assume the cancelation fee).

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    What is the Teaching in Taiwan program?
    This program provides Ohio elementary and middle school ELA, TESOL and World Language teachers the opportunity to teach English to elementary and middle school students in Taiwan for one academic year.

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    What kind of documentation will I need to travel to and work in Taiwan?
    You will need a current/valid passport, a visa and a work permit. It is recommended that all applicants apply for a passport right away. It can take several (8-10) weeks to receive a passport once documentation has been submitted.

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    What would my responsibilities be in Taiwan?
    Ohio applicants must be U.S. citizens. Also, they must have one of the following credentials to participate:
    • Elementary certification in K-3, K-8 or 1-8;
    • Certification in foreign language or reading;
    • Early childhood license;
    • Middle childhood license with a reading and language arts concentration;
    • Multi-age license in bilingual education, foreign language or TESOL;
    • An endorsement of a teacher license in bilingual education, literacy specialist, middle childhood generalist, reading or Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL);
    • Pass a health examination; and
    • Have no criminal record.

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    When would I go to Taiwan? How long is the contract?
    Teaching contracts are from 10 to 11 months, depending on your placement. The Taiwanese school year is similar to Ohio’s and will require teachers to travel to Taiwan in early August.

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    Whom should I contact for more information about the Teaching in Taiwan program?
    Contact Ryan Wertz in the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies, Ohio Department of Education, at: Ryan.Wertz@education.ohio.gov or (614) 728-4630.

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    Will I have to buy a plane ticket?
    The Taiwanese government will reimburse each teacher (and his/her spouse or child) for their round-trip plane tickets to Taiwan up to NT$40,000 per teacher/family member.

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    Would a teacher need to resign or request a year's leave?
    You need to talk to your school district since hiring and extended leave decisions are made at the local level.

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Last Modified: 1/13/2021 8:46:02 AM