Consult the experts
While we would love to offer tax advice, only a specialist can keep up with constant changes and updates to tax laws. Good tax advice for teachers overseas is vital in order to manage your affairs wisely and make the most of your earnings.
Ask for tax advice before you move
If you are seriously thinking about working overseas make sure you find someone who is familiar with expat taxation. Arrange a time to meet, even before you leave.
Many countries offer reciprocal tax agreements so that you don’t have to pay tax twice. To do this you may have to declare yourself non-resident for taxation purposes. Many schools we work with also pay some or all of your local tax requirements.
We asked for recommendations from teachers currently living overseas and they recommended the Smats Group which runs Australasian Taxation Services, accessible from anywhere in the world. Their recent presentation describes expat taxation and compares differences since 2004.
This valuable tax guide from BDO is intended for individuals leaving Australia for employment purposes. It aims to provide an overview of the main Australian tax considerations and issues that affect Australian employees who are teaching overseas. It is current as of July 2021. Click here to download it.
If you are from New Zealand and looking for some advice, click here.
Teachers from the US click here
“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
Recommendations from teachers
- http://www.siamtaxtreaties.com Based in Bangkok, this firm specializes in international tax and knowledge of tax treaties that affect a candidate moving to Thailand.
- TES has an article on the importance of good financial advice and financial education.
“Teachers on the Move Internationally”
“Expats and International School Educators” has 7500 members who share advice on finances and taxes and what to avoid.