One of the moment that foreign students wait during their stay in Korea is the month of May. Why? It’s because students can apply for tax refund during this period of time. Tax refund means that we can get back the tax that we pay (or, perhaps put in better words, taken away from us) as income tax.
As the home tax homepage was changed, therefore the guideline for applying tax refund on some websites is no longer valid, we (IMUSKA) try to write a simple guideline for it. We wish this would be a helpful tool for brothers and sisters applying for tax refund. Since we are not perfect in understanding and/or communicating in Korean, please do understand if there is some mistake/incorrectness/invalidity within the article. We would be really grateful if you (the readers) can kindly inform us the lacking part(s), so that we could provide a better assisting-tool for our friends who need the help.
Without further adieu, here is the step in getting tax refund in South Korea.
- Make sure you’re doing it with Internet Explorer (IE) of Microsoft. (We haven’t tested with any other browsers, but mostly Korean websites work perfectly only with IE). You can go tohttps://hometax.go.kr/ website.
- After you click the link above, you’ll be prompted to the homepage of the home tax, and very likely there will be a pop-up window. If you see the pop-up window, click the (비회원)로그인 바로가기 (something like “Go to login (for non-member), as highlighted below. If you don’t see the pop-up window, and the web brings you to homepage, click the 로그인 (Log in) button, as shown below
- After this, you’ll be in login page. You need to write your name in CAPITAL letters on the 성명 field and the ARC (Alien Registration Card) number on the following text fields (주민등록번호). For the verification method, we did with the Internet Banking Certificate (공인증서) method. When you’re done with them, click the big blue button saying 비회원 로그인 just next to the fields you’ve filled in promptly.
- From that page, you’ll be prompted to certification login. If you’re not familiar with Internet banking in Korea, this part could quite challenging. For now, we’ll assume you can handle the certification login process. Select where your certificate is located on the computer, then provide your certification password to login (인증서 비밀번호). Press the OK (확인) button to confirm your password. (We assume you know to do this step. If you have problem with Bank Certificate issue, talk to your Korean friends, this should be quite simple to solve.)
- We are getting closer now. The next page is the menu for non-member of home tax website. There will be lots of menus, but we just need to care about one link, 종합소득세. Please kindly click that link.
- There might be another pop-up window (it’s very Korean ^_^). Don’t worry too much about this. Just click 닫기 (Close).
- Another list of menu will provided to you. For our purpose (tax refund), click the left-most button on the second row, as highlighted below.
- Here is one of the most important parts, if we could say. Please pay significant attention in this part.
- Press the 조회 button next to 납세자 번호. After that, your ARC number and name should automatically shown up.
- Fill out the phone numbers, there are 3 of them, but putting the mobile phone number only is enough (휴대전화).
- On the field of 전자메일 (email), write down your email.
- On the next row, the click the dropdown menu on 내외국인, and choose (외국인/Foreigner) (We assume you’re a foreigner. If you’re a Korean, we don’t think you’ll need this guideline ^^).
- On the right dropdown menu of it, choose the 거주자 (Residence). We made a mistake for this on previous version. Since we’re residing in Korea and we have Alien Registration Card, we’re considered as a residence. If you check the 비거주자 (Non-Residence) there might be some money that you won’t give, or worse, there might be errors found later on. Thanks for those who help us on this.
- For the 거주지국 (Country of Residence), click the 조회 button, then input your country of residence: which is Korea (You’re staying in Korea right now, aren’t you?). You can do this on two way:
- type in the 대한민국 on 국가명 field, then press 조회하기. Struggling for a while to write this worth the money that you get. If you’re not familiar with typing Korean, it’s a good chance to start for it now, by filling out the 대한민국 on the form ^^
- You can scroll down the list and find out the 대한민국 on the list. In case you’re not familiar with Korean alphabet, it’s ordered like this: ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ… so on. Therefore, you can expect to see 대한민국 after you passed the country that starts with ㄴ. If you arrive at (or even pass by ) ㅁ (such as 모로코) then you know that you have to go up.
(Actually there’s the third on, copying-and-pasting the word ‘대한민국’ from this page to the field. But we don’t recommend it. For the sake of your practice of course ^_^)After getting done with this, press the 선택 button on the country you want to select (most probably 대한민국), and then the lowest button 닫기
- On the 기장의무, choose the 비사업자 (you are noteven wondering what it means, are you?).
- Next to it, choose 정기(확정) on the 신고구분 menu.
- On the 소득종류 menu, select the types of taxes that apply to you. In our case (author is a a research student at some university in Seoul), we chose the 기타소득. It will be okay for most of us.
- After the long step, now you can press the big blue button with 저장 후 다음이동 (Save and Continue) written on it.
- So far so good? Great. We can move on to the next step then. On this step, all you need to do is clicking the 기타소득 불러오기 which is located on the top-right part of the web page.
After pressing the 기타소득물러오기, you’ll be prompted to a pop-up page. The system will automatically know the tax(-es) that you’ll be getting the refund. 소득세 shows the amount of such tax refund. Just click check boxes on the left side (all of them) and the 적용하기 to proceed and to close the window. Click OK on the another pop-up window that appears.
After that, just click the lowest blue button, 저장 후 다음이동 (Save and Continue)
- Next step. A long page with lots of text fields. Good news and bad news. Bad news: there are lots of text fields to fill in. Good news: you don’t have to fill any of them. So? It’s just another easy step of clicking 저장 후 다음이동.
- Another long page with nothing to do. Just click Save and Continue (By this time, we’re pretty sure you’re learning some Korean. At least you know that 정장 후 다음이동 means Save And (then) Continue (to next page)).
- Expecting another easy step? You got it again. Unless you’ve been making lots of donation, you can skip this part. We don’t really know how exactly to deal with this part. However, since not many of us have done donation via formal institution with tax statement, we can just skip this part. You can press정장 후 다음이동 and move on. (You might get another pop-up, just click OK.)
- Page for tax exemption and deduction. Since many of us don’t do/get this either. It’s nothing we need to worry about. You can skip this by pressing the lovely button, 저장 후 다음이동. Press OK button on the pop-upping windows.
- The longest and scariest page perhaps: Penalties Specification. Let’s just not deal with this (unless, of course, if you know what you’re doing.)
- Another free step. We could skip this part again.
- DO NOT SKIP. Perhaps we’ve been teaching you a bad habit: skipping many parts. However, this step is very important. The most important one perhaps. On the 금융회사명 (Bank Name), select your bank account (or the bank you’ll be using) from the drop down menu. We assume you can read and identify which bank is which. Then, on the text field below it, make sure you type the correct account number, or else, your money will go to somebody else’s account. Be careful. Be very careful. With those two inputs done, press the blue button. Now it comes with a new taste, 신고서 작성완료.
- Congratulations! You’re almost done. If you get to this page safely and soundly, you can appreciate yourself. It was not easy. Last step, click the Submit the Application (신고서 제출하기), the blue button on the bottom.
Then the website will show you another pop-up button. To Print or Not To Print? That’s the question. If you want to print, click the 인쇄하기 (on blue), else (if you don’t want to print), click the dark-grey button (닫기). One more thing, whatever choice you make, click two check boxes on the pop up window. (We assume you guys do not need any guidance for the printing process, do you?)
- If you pay close attention to the web-page, you must have seen there are two tabs on the page. The first one saying, “Step 1. 세금신고”, and the other one with “Step 2. 신고애역.” We’ve been working on the step 1 so far. If you’re done with all of those long process, and submit the application, you can verify your report on the Step 2.
Click this tab, and press the 조회하기 on the right part. There should be a list of tax(-es) that you’ll be getting.
- Congratulations. 수고하셨습니다. Now you can tap yourself in the back. If everything that you do is correct, all you need to do now is waiting. The money will be transferred on July, this year.
- This is not official guide from the HOME TAX or any other formal/government/legal institutes of South Korea, whatsoever. It’s just a share from foreign student who’s just trying to help the others.
- The author is a student in Seoul, who posses only certain level of Korean language understanding (not perfect one), thus, there is high possibility of some flaws or invalidity. Please kindly inform us via [email protected] or www.facebook.com/imuska.org for some correction or advice.
- Happy Tax Refund! And may the refunds be ever in your favor.