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Tips on Applying for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for Foreigners Living in South Korea

For foreigners living and working in South Korea, applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can be a pivotal step in improving their financial stability. The EITC aims to boost the income of low-income workers through tax relief. Here are some essential tips and guidelines to help eligible foreigners navigate the application process effectively.

1. Understanding the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC in South Korea is designed to supplement the income of low to middle-income working households. It provides financial relief by reducing the amount of tax payable and potentially providing a tax refund, depending on the income level.

2. Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the EITC, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be employed and earning an income within South Korea.

  • Your annual income and the total value of your assets must fall below specified thresholds.

  • For foreigners, a long-term residency status such as F-2, F-5, or F-6 is typically required.

3. Application Period and Procedure

Applications for the EITC are usually open once a year, often around May. It is crucial to prepare and submit your application during this window. Applications can be submitted online through the National Tax Service's Hometax website or via a mobile app. Ensure that you check the exact dates and requirements each year as they can change.

4. Required Documents

Prepare the following documents to apply for the EITC:

  • Valid identification, such as your Alien Registration Card.

  • Proof of employment, like an employment certificate or a contract.

  • Income verification documents.

  • Proof of residence in South Korea.

5. Application Tips

  • Accurate Information: Ensure that all information provided in your application is accurate and truthful. Errors can delay processing or result in denial of the claim.

  • Consult a Professional: Understanding tax laws can be challenging. Consulting with a tax professional or a legal advisor who is familiar with South Korean tax regulations can provide crucial guidance and increase the likelihood of a successful application.

  • Stay Informed: Tax laws and regulations can change. Stay updated by regularly checking the National Tax Service website for any updates or changes to the EITC policies.

6. Common Questions

  • Can all foreigners apply for the EITC?

  • No, only foreigners with specific visa types and who meet the income and asset criteria are eligible.

  • What happens if I miss the application period?

  • If you miss the application period, you must wait until the next year to apply. There are no exceptions, so it's important to apply on time.


The Earned Income Tax Credit can significantly aid eligible foreign workers in South Korea by enhancing their income and reducing their tax burden. By understanding the eligibility requirements, preparing necessary documentation, and adhering to the application schedule, foreigners can effectively navigate the process and benefit from this financial support.

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