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Demystifying preliminary Value Added Tax Filings in South Korea

One of my friends send me an email with a VAT bill issued by the tax office he belonged. *He told me it seems like wrong since he didn't have any sales revenue and income during the 3rd quarter.

*HE: Italian(F-2 VISA), sole-proprietor, business owner

If this is your case, you can simply file through the Home Tax or Son-Tax with NO sales revenue or download your tax invoices(sales and purchase) from the Home Tax and file it.

Explaining preliminary Value Added Tax Filings in South Korea

South Korea's Value Added Tax (VAT) system can seem like a labyrinth, especially when it comes to advance filings. But fear not, because we're here to demystify this process and ensure you sail smoothly through it.

Understanding VAT in South Korea

What is VAT?

Value Added Tax, or VAT, is a consumption tax levied on the value added to goods and services at each stage of production or distribution. It's an essential part of the South Korean tax system.

VAT in South Korea

South Korea follows a VAT system similar to many other countries, but it has its own unique regulations and requirements.

The Importance of Preliminary Filings

Why Advance Filings Matter

Advance filings are not just a formality; they play a crucial role in managing your business's finances. They provide an estimate of the VAT you'll owe, helping you plan your budget effectively.

Avoiding Penalties

Missing the VAT advance filing deadline can lead to penalties and additional interest charges. It's essential to stay on top of these deadlines to avoid financial setbacks.

How to File the preliminary VAT in South Korea

Who Needs to File?

Any business that collects VAT from customers and incurs VAT on business expenses must file advance VAT returns in South Korea. It applies to both local and foreign businesses. You need to check whether it's mandatory or not at the Home Tax website.

Filing Procedures

Filing your advance VAT return involves a series of steps. We'll walk you through the process to ensure you get it right.

Key Dates

Mark your calendar! Knowing the key filing dates(Oct. 25 and Apr. 25), is crucial to meet your VAT obligations without any hiccups.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Missing Deadlines

One of the most common mistakes is missing the filing deadline. We'll give you tips on how to stay organized and ensure you never miss a date.

Inaccurate Information

Providing inaccurate information can lead to complications down the road. We'll guide you on how to double-check your data for accuracy.

Seek Professional Help

Benefits of Professional Assistance

Sometimes, navigating the VAT landscape can be overwhelming. We'll explain how seeking professional assistance can simplify the process and save you time and money.

Contact Information

If you decide to seek professional help, we'll provide you with contact information to get in touch with experts who can assist you.


What is Value Added Tax (VAT)?

We've got the basics covered. Learn what VAT is and why it matters.

When is the deadline for VAT advance filings in South Korea?

Discover the crucial dates you need to mark on your calendar to stay compliant.

What happens if I miss the filing deadline?

Avoid penalties by understanding the consequences of missing the deadline.

Can I file preliminary VAT on my own?

Find out if you can tackle preliminary VAT filings solo at the Home Tax or if professional help is recommended.

How can professional assistance benefit my VAT filings?

Learn about the advantages of enlisting professional support for your VAT filings.


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