There is the “Income tax” man – who takes a small chunk of your salary and gives it to the National government. It is a pretty damn small amount for poor English teachers, 5%.
Then there is the “City tax” man, who usually doesn`t catch up with English teachers, cos we never stay in the country that long. Most English schools don`t pay this tax out of your salary – this is your responsibility. This is based on your last year`s salary, so English teachers don`t have to pay this for their first year anyway. This is actually higher than income tax – 10% or so.
I have been over here for 2 and a bit years now, and the City tax man has got around to contacting me. And he wants most of the money that I saved up over the last year.
My choices look like:
– pay it (I have the money)
– ask the city to let me do a payment plan (since I am poor English teacher)
– hope they don`t get around to taking me to court till after I have left the country (thinking to go home in 6 months or so), but if they do, pay it.
Had this hilarious conversation with my Girlfriend last night –
Me – I`ll ignore it
Her – (scrunches up face) that doesn`t sound good
Me – OK, I`ll pay it
Her – (scrunches up face) that doesn`t sound good EITHER.
PS. Anything I have said in the past about Japan being a low tax country was wrong – it isn`t low, its only reasonable.
PSS. And I found out that the income tax scale slides, like in Australia. Earn more, pay more.