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South Korea Payroll & Tax

South Korea

The administration of payroll and tax is often overlooked, but is an important aspect of doing business in any country. Correct administration allows for your employees to be paid on time with all the necessary contributions and taxes being made. A local partner in South Korea, such as INS Global, is able to assist your company with payroll administration, allowing you to focus on growing your business.

Taxes and Deductions

In South Korea, income taxes are deducted by the employer and paid directly to the government. The amount deducted is determined by the National Tax Service (NTS). Employers are also responsible for the calculation, deduction and contribution of the mandatory benefit funds (social security), which include:

  • National pension fund;
  • National health insurance;
  • Unemployment insurance; and
  • Workplace injury insurance.

The contributions made by the employer and employee may vary according to different factors, and range between 6% and 40%. The amount deducted from the employee is then combined with the employer’s contribution and the payment is made by the company.

An employer is required to report the information of any newly hired employee within 14 days from the date that employee starts. The employer must place on record the employee’s gross salary in order for deductions to be processed.

 Tax Resident Vs Non-Resident

An individual who is deemed to be a tax resident will be taxed on their worldwide income, whereas a non-tax resident will only be taxed on income earned in South Korea.

Tax resident

A person will be considered a tax resident in South Korea if:

  • They have resided in South Korea for a period of 1 year or more, for purposes of work.
  • They have family or property in South Korea but have been away for work purposes for a period of less than 1 year.

Non-tax resident

A person will be considered a non-tax resident in South Korea if:

  • A person is a tax resident of another country and not a resident of South Korea.
  • A person has worked in South Korea for a period of less than 1 year.

Why outsource payroll in South Korea

South Korea has its own regulations concerning payroll and tax, and it is important for companies to remain compliant with them. There are various advantages of outsourcing this function, with the main benefits being:

  • It allows you to focus on the core functions of your business
  • It ensures compliance with local regulations and procedures
  • It limits your liability

How to Setup a Payroll System in South Korea

In order to set up a payroll system, it is important to establish some sort of legal entity or alternative, through which your business can operate. There are various ways through which this can be carried out, either by setting up a company, operating through a PEO or an alternative entity. Once the entity has been set up, your company will be required to register the employees for payroll.

INS Global’s Payroll Assistance

Focusing on the core business of your company can be challenging when you have to deal with all the administrative tasks as well. Payroll and Tax administration does not have to be a cumbersome task, leading to late or incorrect payments. INS Global is able to administer your payroll and ensure payments are made timeously and in accordance with local regulation.

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