TAX NEWS - DECEMber 2009

Taiwan Tax: Taiwan resident's overseas income will be subject to alternative minimum tax (AMT) in 2010

The Taiwan Executive Yuan announced on September 15, 2021 that the alternative minimum tax (AMT) will apply to an individual's overseas income effective from January 1, 2010. Though the inclusion of overseas income will increase the alternative minimum tax burden, the respective foreign tax paid can be used as a credit for alternative minimum tax payable, within certain limitations.

Individuals who are tax residents in Taiwan with alternative minimum tax taxable income of more than NTD 6 million may be subject to 20% alternative minimum tax. The alternative minimum tax payable will be the balance of alternative minimum tax after deductions of income tax payable and foreign income tax credit.

Tax residents in Taiwan are defined as individuals that either have domiciled in Taiwan or stay in Taiwan for 183 days or more in a calendar year. Thus, the AMT may apply to an expatriate who is a tax resident in Taiwan.

If the individual has to file the alternative minimum tax return, the individual will be required to add the following items to net taxable income calculated under the general tax rules to determine the AMT taxable income:
- Non-cash charitable contributions;
- Qualified insurance benefits;
- Capital gains attributable to sales of unlisted stock in Taiwan; and
- Overseas income totaling NTD 1 million or more.

Except for overseas income, other items have been included in the AMT effective January 1, 2006. Overseas income less than NTD 1 million will be excluded from alternative minimum tax base.

The expatriate in Taiwan should pay attention to the Taiwan alternative minimum tax impact on his/her overseas income received when he/she is considered a tax resident in Taiwan.

Though the regulation has been announced and will be effective from January 1, 2010, there are lobbying efforts against the regime and it is worthwhile to keep an eye on any development of the alternative minimum tax Act in the near future.

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