Taiwan to raise tax exemption, deduction thresholds

11/24/2021 10:42 PM
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People wait in a queue to file income tax at a government office in Taipei. CNA file photo
People wait in a queue to file income tax at a government office in Taipei. CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's individual income tax exemptions, standard tax deductions and special deductions thresholds are to be raised in 2022, in time for the tax season in May 2023, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Wednesday.

The adjustments will see the personal tax exemption rise to NT$92,000 (US$3,309) from NT$88,000.

For taxpayers aged 70 or over, or with a spouse or lineal ascendant 70 or older, the personal exemption will increase from NT$132,000 to NT$138,000, according to the ministry.

In addition, the standard deduction for single filers will be raised to NT$124,000 from NT$120,000, and to NT$248,000 from NT$240,000 for married couples filing jointly.

The special deduction for wage and salary earners and persons with disabilities, meanwhile, is to be increased from NT$200,000 to NT$207,000.

Also, gift and inheritance tax exemptions are set to be raised by NT$240,000 and NT$1.33 million to NT$2.44 million and NT$13.33 million, respectively.

The changes to deduction and exemption thresholds have been triggered due to increases in the consumer price index (CPI).

Since the last adjustments in 2017, the CPI has risen by more than 3 percent, with the MOF legally obligated to make adjustments based on the average 12-month CPI data.

Furthermore, the government has been forced to make greater concessions on inheritance and gift taxes due to the CPI rising by 11.09 percent since the last adjustment to these rates in 2009.

According to the MOF, the upward adjustments will lower the government's tax revenues by NT$9.57 billion.

(By Wu Jia-jung and Evelyn Kao)

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