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Understanding South Korea's Expanded Cash Receipt Issuance Obligation: A Guide for Expat Business Owners

Introduction: As of January 1, 2024, South Korea is set to expand its cash receipt issuance obligation to include 13 additional business categories. This move is a significant step in the continuous effort to enhance the transparency of cash transactions and improve tax compliance among businesses.


Background: Since its introduction in 2005, the cash receipt system in South Korea has played a pivotal role in standardizing the taxable income base for self-employed individuals. The system requires businesses to issue cash receipts for transactions above a certain threshold, irrespective of the customer’s request. This mandate has seen an 8.4-fold increase in issued cash receipt amounts from 18.6 trillion won in its first year to 156.2 trillion won in 2022.


Newly Added Business Categories: Starting 2024, the following business sectors will be subject to mandatory cash receipt issuance for cash transactions of 100,000 won or more:

  1. Meat Retail

  2. Parking Lot Operations

  3. Telecommunication Equipment Repair

  4. Grain and Livestock Feed Retail

  5. Boiler and Household Goods Repair

  6. Passenger Car Terminal Operations

  7. Car Brokerage

  8. Book, Newspaper, and Magazine Retail

  9. Chain Convenience Stores

  10. Large Supermarkets

  11. Department Stores

  12. Other Large General Retail

  13. Moving and Freight Transport Brokerage

Compliance Requirements: Business owners in these categories must issue cash receipts for transactions over 100,000 won, even if the customer does not request one. Failure to comply will result in a penalty of 20% of the unissued receipt amount.


Practical Advice for Expat Business Owners:

  1. System Update: Ensure that your transaction systems are updated to comply with the new regulations.

  2. Staff Training: Educate your staff about the new categories and the importance of issuing cash receipts.

  3. Awareness of Penalties: Be mindful of the penalties for non-compliance, which can have a significant financial impact.

  4. Leverage Technology: Utilize available technologies like Home Tax (홈택스) and Hand Tax (손택스) systems for issuing receipts.

Conclusion: The expansion of the cash receipt issuance obligation is a clear indicator of South Korea's commitment to enhancing tax compliance and transparency. As an expat business owner, staying informed and prepared for these changes is crucial for seamless business operations and avoiding penalties.


Note to Expat Entrepreneurs and Investors: Adapting to local regulations is key to business success in a foreign country. This guide aims to help you navigate the complexities of South Korea's tax system. For more detailed information and personalized advice, consider consulting with a local tax expert.


For more details, please feel free to reach out at jz@taxjz.com or If you would like a free consultation with an English-speaking Consultant/Accountant in Korea, please schedule a call at: Schedule a Call with Jz


Keywords: South Korea, Cash Receipt System, Tax Compliance, Expat Business Owners, 2024 Regulations, Business Categories, Tax Transparency.

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