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The world’s 17th largest exporter of merchandise in 2019, Taiwan has been deepening its ties across the board with 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries as well as Australia and New Zealand. It is also a top player in terms of the world’s ICT industry and a major supplier of goods across the industrial spectrum.Download PDF
Doing Business in Taiwan
Taiwan’s “State of Cluster Development” is ranked third in the world according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2019. The government launched, a few years ago, three major investment programs designed to give Taiwanese businesses greater confidence to invest in Taiwan: the Welcome Back Action Plan (for welcoming overseas Taiwanese businesses to return), the “Action Plan for Accelerated Investment by Domestic Corporations” and finally, the “Action Plan for Accelerated Investment by SMEs”.
Entity Registration and Incorporation Requirements
Setting up a new business or expanding an existing one in Taiwan is straightforward. Choose how your company operates from a range of entity types which suit your individual circumstance.
Banking Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am-3:30 pm
The standard working week is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am-6:00 pm
The most important legislation addressing employment issues is the Labor Standards Act (LSA) which regulates the terms and conditions of employment. With a few exceptions, it applies to all industries and occupations. These laws also apply to foreign nationals working in Taiwan.
Electronics, petroleum refining, armaments, chemicals, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing, vehicles, consumer products and pharmaceuticals
Dates & Numbers
Official State Name
The Republic of China
New Taiwan Dollar NT$
International Dialing Code
Companies who operate multi-country payroll should take note that, in Taiwan, it is common to reward employees with bonuses. These details are usually specified in the employer’s work rules.
It is acceptable to provide employees with online payslips
Payroll reports must be kept for 5 years
10 days of annual leave for a service of 2+ years
30 days of sick or medical leave with 50% of pay
8 weeks of paid maternity leave and 5 days of paid paternity leave
Maternity & Paternity Leave
10 days notice for 3 months to 1 year of employment
This is generally paid during the lunar new year
13th month salary
24,000 TWD per month
Up to 2 hours of overtime; 1.34 times the regular hourly wage
1 month salary for each year of employment
Tax and Social Security
Income tax is levied on Taiwan-sourced income of both resident and non-resident individuals except where exempt. The compulsory social security programs include the LIP ( Labour Insurance Program), NHIP (National Health Insurance Program) and the LPP (Labour Pension Program).
In addition to regular income tax calculations, Taiwan also imposes IBT (Income basic tax) at a flat rate of 20% on individuals who are tax residents in Taiwan.
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Income Tax
Employers must make social security contributions including to the NHIP, LIP and LPP. Employers who have a legal presence in Taiwan must also contribute towards the insured’s employment service insurance premium.
Social Security Rate
Social Security Rate for Employers
Social Security Rate for Employees
The law distinguishes between different categories of worker such as employee and independent contractors. Statutory employment rights are enjoyed by employees (whether these are fixed-term workers or permanent workers) but not by independent contractors
Typically, employment contracts are regarded as permanent employment contracts unless they specify as being a fixed-term contract. Employment contracts that relate to temporary or short-term work (less than six months) or seasonal work (less than nine months) are usually considered as fixed-term contracts.
Overall work hours must not exceed 12 hours per day. However, the LSA (Labour Standards Act) now provides that overtime can be calculated over a consecutive three month period by employers. In terms of overtime, employers must comply with the requirement to record employee work attendance.
Paid holiday entitlement is based on length of service with the employer, which is calculated from the date employment is commenced. The period for calculation (whether based on service years, calendar years, fiscal years or any other kind of system) is to be agreed between employer and employee.
Any termination of an employment contract must be according to the circumstances that are specifically allowed (that is either termination with notice and severance pay or termination without notice or severance pay)
Minimum notice period for terminating an employee
Total number of Public Holidays
Working hours per week
Total number of days for Compassionate & Bereavement Leave
Foreign nationals who intend to live in Taiwan for longer than six months must apply for a Resident Visa. Foreign nationals who wish to reside in Taiwan for an extended period of time must also comply with Taiwanese immigration law.
A Resident Visa is normally a single entry visa, valid for three months from date of issue. Visa holders must enter Taiwan before the expiration date indicated on the visa.
Work Permit validity
Passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after entry
Two passport-sized color photographs (with a white background) that were taken within the last six months
An approved work permit
A health certificate issued within the past three months
Additional documents regarding the employee’s profession
Identification documents for a spouse or children who accompany the employee
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