Gonjiam Flute Festival 2018 is next week, and I’ve been stuck in front of the computer designing and putting together materials for printing: banners, name tags, certificates . . . The biggest task is the camp program book.
Despite the temptation to stay chained to my desk until I’m finished, I still make it to the gym most days. I can’t imagine what I’d look and feel like if I didn’t.
Employees in Korea have to file their taxes by March 10. Though I learned to file my own taxes in the United States at an early age, I’ve never had to do this in Korea as our employers’ accounting offices always does it for us. If we wish to declare tax-deductions, however, it is our responsibility to turn in all necessary paperwork to our accounting offices ahead of time.
Sometimes, we miss those deadlines, which seems to be the case with a colleague of mine who messaged me the following question. I’m sharing my response in case it can be of help to someone else.
Do you know when this year’s time-frame for the declaration is? I have been waiting for messages from the University about it but yet nothing seems to have come . . .
The deadline for turning in documents for tax deductions is always in the middle of January. This year our accounting office accepted those documents from Jan. 15-19. It sounds like you missed that deadline, so our employer will have already filed your taxes for you but without deductions. If I understand your situation correctly, you should expect a smaller paycheck tan usual this month as you will probably have to pay a little extra tax.
If this is so, don’t worry. In May (until the 31st), you can go to a local tax office (I go to 용인세무서) to add (추가 신청) deduction-related documents (spending related to insurance, credit card, education, etc — all can be obtained via the National Tax Service website). It’s pretty simple, and the level of Korean needed is not very high. Also bring a copy of your tax return along with any other tax documents declaring income from other sources. They will recalculate your taxes with your deductions. They will inform you that you either owe more tax or that you have a refund coming to you. After giving them your bank info, the refund will get processed within 2-3 months.
I hope that helps!
All the best,
I’m struck by the warm, personable tone of my response. It’s a wonder I don’t have more friends.
Sometime last summer I accidentally deleted my website while I thought I was backing it up. I fortunately retained my database but felt restoring my content post-by-post with a new design for the website was the way to go. Well, I was too busy (or lazy), so I never got around to it. The website has a new look but there’s nothing to look at.
As I’m simply accumulating too much work that needs to be posted, I realized I have no choice but to make my website live again. Maybe the embarrassment of an empty website will push me to get this done.
So I got a call about a week ago from Happy Isaac Durst, co-host of Easy English on EBS. He wanted to know if it was okay to nominate me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Isaac had just been nominated himself. Good guy that he is, he called to ask for my permission before shooting his video.
Isaac was the model of patience as I hemmed and hawed on the phone. I didn’t mind giving money to a good cause. I had no problem getting a bucket ice water dumped on my head. My hesitation came from not knowing anyone to whom I could pass the bucket along. I’m not exactly popular. Still, I agreed to be nominated and made it my mission to find people three people who like me. I resorted to people outside the country.
I know the rule is to do your own video within 24 hours, but I didn’t care. Following Isaac’s example, though, I got permission from my three vict . . . friends and made my video yesterday. Luckily I was able to enlist the help of my fellow teachers Daniel Brodie and Eldin Husic and their sons, Benjamin, Mesha, and Tarik who, frankly, are the best part of the video.
Thank you, Isaac, for getting me involved in this fine cause. Thank you Julia, Kathrin, and Philipp for agreeing to be nominated. And thank you Daniel, Benjamin, Eldin, Mesha, and Tarik for making the video fun. Here it is!
Having your immigration documents in order is a fact of life for someone living in a foreign country. An American (even a Korean-American such as myself) living in Korea is no exception. And while the Korean government’s “Hi, Korea!” is a valuable resource for all things immigration, the information isn’t always as clear or as plentiful as one would like.
I recently had to get an extension on my F-6 visa (the relatively new visa for spouses of a Korean national), but wasn’t sure which documents I needed. There are several websites that do a good job of explaining what you need to get your F-6 visa in the first place, but I had difficulty finding information on extensions — even on “Hi, Korea!”. I suspected I wouldn’t need nearly as many documents this time around.
A Korean blog post by Global Life proved to be very helpful. And having just gone through the process myself, I can now share that information with you. I don’t have any unusual circumstances regarding my visa, so I expect the information below will apply to most people.
Required documents when getting an extension on your F-6 visa:
Fees have recently been increased. See the notice on “Hi Korea!” The notice states that extensions are now both 30,000 won and 40,000 won. I paid 30,000. Of course, unused revenue stamps can be returned to the counter for a refund.
Your F-6 visa will be valid for one year at a time until your second extension. Upon your second extension, your visa will become valid for two years.
On Friday, February 7, 2003, I’m making my amateur boxing debut at the Toughman Contest, which is being held at the Peoria Civic Center. I am fighting in the lightweight division (164-184 lbs.) among up to 19 other competitors. I will fight only once on Friday’s elimination event. If I win, I move onto Saturday’s elimination tournament in which I could fight up to four times to win my weight division. If you’ve got nothing to do this weekend and would like to see a college student get beaten on, come on by!
FIGHTER: Charles “The Scholar” Chun
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 9 1/2 in.
WEIGHT: 162 lbs.
The Original Toughman Contest
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
Friday, February 7, 2003 and Saturday, February 8, 2003. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Event begins at 8:00 pm.
$20/General Admission; $35/Ringside
DIRECTIONS FROM CHICAGO/BLOOMINGTON:
– 55 South
– 74 West
– Exit on Jefferson (One-Way)
– Peoria Civic Center is on the right. Click here for more details.
– Three one-minute rounds
– 45-second rest between rounds
– 16 oz. gloves
– Headgear, mouthpiece, groin protector
– No professional boxers or amateurs who have fought in more than 5 sanctioned fights
– Only boxing style punches are allowed to the same target areas that are permitted in boxing. No kicking, no biting and no wrestling.