Soldiers get additional pay over levying of income tax
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Military personnel will have to declare their individual income tax starting from this year and, in order to lessen the impact on their salaries, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has increased the additional pay of soldiers and officers, with the exception of generals and admirals, by NT$1,000 to NT$2,000.
January 1, 2013, 12:59 am TWN
The soldiers' tax-free privileges were revoked last year. Starting from this year, they will be required to declare their income tax. This is part of the administration's attempts to promote a fair tax system.
MND spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) said yesterday that the MND increased soldiers' additional pay, under the instruction of the Cabinet. This measure was conducted to counter the effect of revoking tax privileges, which sees a soldier's actual salary decrease. The aim is to ensure most soldiers and officers receive more or less the same amount of money after taxes.
Luo said that supporting soldiers and their families remains one the nation's constant priorities.
With the exception of generals and admirals, the monthly additional pay of officers as well as privates first class, seamen first class and airmen first class was increased by NT$2,000, while those with ranks below private first class, as well as their Navy and Air Force equivalents, were given an additional NT$1,000.
The MND stressed that with the exception of generals and admirals, most soldiers and officers will not see their actual income affected by the levying of the individual income tax.