Korean Corporate Tax Rate

The Korean Corporate Income Tax law was amended to lower Korean corporate income taxes for 2023. The amendment is applicable for the year 2023 or until amended. For an article on the reduction in Korean Stock Transaction Taxes please see: Korean Stock Transaction Taxes.  Tax Basis 2022 (Local Income Tax) 2023 (Local Income Tax) Less than KRW 200 million 10% (11%) 9% (9.9%) KRW 200 million to KRW 20 billion 20% (22%) 19% (20.9%) KRW 20 to KRW 300 billion

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Korean National Pension Contributions and Tax Deductions for Freelancers and Expats Residing in Korea

Can freelance workers apply for Korean National Pension Deductions when Calculating their income tax? Yes, freelance workers in Korea can apply for Korean National Pension deductions when calculating their income tax. The National Pension System of Korea is designed to provide retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to eligible individuals, including freelancers. Thus, the system applies notwithstanding if you are self-employed or employed by a company directly in Korea. When filing Korean income tax returns, freelance workers can include their Korean

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Korean Securities Transaction Taxes

Article 5 of the Presidential Decree of the Securities Transaction Tax Law of Korea was amended to lower taxes on stock transactions. The amendment came into effect on January 1, 2023. KOSPI2022: 0.23%2023/2024: 0.2% 2025: 0.15%* agriculture and fishery tax of 0.15% KOSDAQ2022: 0.23%2023/2024: 0.20% 2025: 0.15% KONEX/OTC 2022: 0.43%2023: 0.35% For a consultation with an attorney or our in-house CPA, schedule a call with IPG Legal. Please note, that we have an affiliated tax accountant and CPA that files taxes

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The Korean Tax Law Reform Proposal of 2022

The Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance plans to submit the following Korean Tax reform proposal to theNational Assembly and seeks approval before the 2nd of September 2022. The Korean Tax Reform Plan consists of changes with an emphasis on three goals of the new administration: Tax Incentives for foreign professionals working in KoreaThe Korean Government intends to extend a 50% cut to income taxes for highly skilled foreign engineers to 10 years from the current criteria of 5 years.

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Can a Foreign Company be Deemed a Domestic Company for Tax Purposes and Taxed on Worldwide Income?

If Korea deems a foreign-incorporated company a Domestic Corporation, the company shall be taxed on its worldwide income. The relevant law, this determination is made under, is the Corporate Tax Act of Korea (“CTA”). In the typical case, the National Tax Service of Korea designates the foreign-incorporated company as a Domestic Corporation and requests details on overseas earnings in order to impose taxes on overseas earnings. Of course this leads, invariable, to your Korean tax lawyer challenging the determination to

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Tax Breaks for Korean Landlords: Real Estate Taxation Basics

Proposed by the Chairman of the Strategy and Finance Committee of the Republic of Korea on September 20, 2018, the Amendment to the Korean Restriction of Special Taxation Act came into force on January 1, 2019. The amendment has decreased the taxation burden of some landlords. The Act was amended in favor of Korean landlords who renew long-term rentals with tenants by charging a lower increase of rent by a percentage lower than a percentage set by Presidential Decree. This

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Korean National Tax Service Tax Law News Release to Foreign Corporate Taxpayers: Korean Tax Law Updates

The following Korean Tax Law News is a publicly released Korean tax notification that is intended for foreigner companies in Korea.  The notification was not translated or drafted by this law firm.  For any questions on this notification please Contact Us. Korean Tax Law News 【January 2018】 ☞ The following Korean tax information is translated from Korean for foreign-invested companies, and is not legally binding. ※ Year-end tax settlement by foreign workers in Korea □ With the increase in foreigners

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Korean Tax Law Amendment Press Release by Korean Government

The following is a Press Release by the Korean Government on recent Korean Tax Law enforcement decrees.  We shall update the reader when more is known.  The following press release was not proofread or translated by this firm.  The Press Release was published by the Ministry of Strategy & Finance in the English language and copied, in its entirety, below. Decree Focuses on Boosting Investment and Broadening Tax Base The government announced a revision to a total of 17 tax

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Korean Tax Risk of Foreign Corporation Deemed “Actual Business Management Locale” within Korea: Korea Tax Law Basics

Foreign corporations, doing business in Korea, may be deemed local corporations subject to taxation on worldwide income if the foreign-incorporated company is deemed a Korean “domestic corporation” for Korean tax purposes.  This liaison-office Korean Tax Risk can, thus, lead to taxes on worldwide income, a tax audit and even criminal sanctions against those operating in Korea.  We have dealt with matters were employees, even, received exit bans. Thus, in most cases the establishment of a local Korean corporation is essential

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Korean Real Estate Acquisition Taxes for Purchase of Real Estate in Korea

The following are the Korean real estate acquisition taxes for the purchase of real estate in Korea. These acquisition taxes are applicable to the purchase of an apartment, land, or commercial property. Taxes in Korea change, often, when new administrations come into office. Thus, these taxes may change, thus, please consult with your real estate agent and/or accountant. Foreigners may purchase property in Korea, certain restrictions do apply to the purchase of property by foreigners. Basic Taxes Related to the

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