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  1. So I just bought a new car from an authorized dealership. I knew there are tax free plates for foreigners that have lettering MA-MZ but they have selling and other restrictions. So I went ahead and paid full taxes. I was surprised that my plate came out MD. Is there a mistake here? Did I get a blue plate although I paid full taxes? Please confirm. Thanks.
  2. If you're planning to live or work in Turkey with a residence permit or work permit, you'll need to get a vergi numarası (tax number) from the tax office. Later, you'll likely have to pay various fees and taxes to the Turkish government, which you can do at the tax office or by using Turkey's government services portal, e-Devlet (e-Government) at www.turkiye.gov.tr. What is the Tax Office in Turkey? The Gelir İdaresi Başkanlığı (Directorate of Revenue Management) is the branch of the Turkish government which collects taxes, carries out the activities of the tax system, performs tax audits, and enforces tax laws. Each municipality in Turkey has a tax office. It might be in its own building, or in a consolidated complex, with a separate office for each district. The tax office also has a presence on Turkey's online government portal, e-Devlet (e-Government), where you can check your tax status and pay taxes online. Finding and Your Local Tax Office The best way to find your local tax office is with Google Maps. Go here: https://www.google.com/maps Enter a query containing the name of the ilçe (district) where you are, and the words vergi dairesi (tax office). You may also have to enter the name of your il (province), since more than one province may have a district with the same name. Visiting Your Tax Office If there's just one tax office in one building, you're already in the right place. If your tax office is in a consolidated complex, find an office with a sign which has the name of your district on it. Getting Your Tax Number Your first visit to a tax office will probably be to get your tax number because you'll need one to pay your residence permit fee(s). To get one, go to any tax office (whether it's responsible for your district or not) with your passport and a copy of your passport. The copy should contain your identification information and your photo. They'll give you a tax number, on the spot, for free. If you need help, you can say to the person at the information desk vergi numarası istiyorum (I want a tax number). When you get your residence permit, you'll be assigned a yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number), which will be printed on your residence permit card. After you have your foreigner identification number, you can use that instead of your tax number. Paying Residence Permit Fees There are two main fees for residence permits. They are for: Processing the residence permit application Printing your residence permit card. Citizens of some countries don't have to pay the processing fee, but everybody has to pay the card printing fee. You can pay the fee(s) at participating banks, but personnel at some banks are unfamiliar with the fee-paying process, so it can be more hassle than it's worth. You can also pay the fees online at the end of your residence permit application, but sometimes the system doesn't work very well. The most surefire option is to pay the fees at the tax office. Take your passport and a printed copy of your Residence Permit Registration Form. The fees you owe will be printed on the first page and will tell the clerk at the tax office what you owe. You'll probably get three copies of the receipts. Include the original with your residence permit application package. Keep a second copy for your records. Paying Your Residence Permit Fees During Your Residence Permit Appointment If your residence permit appointment is at a main provincial office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office), it will probably have a branch of the tax office nearby. So you can go early and pay the fees. If it's a smaller immigration branch office, you'll have to go find the nearest tax office. You can go to your appointment without paying the fees and have the immigration official tell you to go pay them, but it's much less of a hassle to pay them before your interview. Paying Taxes using e-Devlet You can't pay your residence permit fees using e-Devlet, but you can pay taxes with it. You must be a member of e-Devlet to use it. To learn more about checking your tax status in Turkey and paying taxes and fees online, see How to Join and Use e-Devlet. Assistance and Support Vergi Dairesi Başkanlıgı: The website of the Directorate of Revenue Management. Turkish Culture, Customs, Politics and Laws Forum: If you have a question about the Turkish government or its laws, search our forums to see if it's already been answered. if it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. If you're a renter, one of the documents you'll need for your residence permit application is a notarized copy of your rental agreement. When you go to the noter (notary) to have this done, they may insist that you first pay the damga vergisi (stamp duty) at the tax office. What is the Deposit Stamp Tax? The stamp duty is a tax on the deposit paid by a tenant to a landlord. It must be paid, by the tenant, after the first year and every year after that. In Turkey, notaries are lawyers appointed to their positions. They're are obligated to make sure the law is followed whenever they notarize a document. Few people in Turkey have ever heard, much less paid, the deposit stamp tax, but some notaries will go by the book and insist you pay it. How Much is the Deposit Stamp Tax? The tax is .01% of the deposit. As an example, I had a rental contract in which I gave the landlord a ₺650 deposit. I had to go to the district tax office to pay a mere ₺6.16, then go back to the notary with the receipt before he would give me a notarized copy of my rental contract. It made no sense to me since a deposit isn't income. Regardless, it's the law! Other Options Go to another notary. Maybe they'll be unaware of the tax or won't insist you pay it. Use a previously notarized copy of your rental contract. When you get a rental contract notarized, the notary puts a stamp on the back with a document number and keeps another copy of it in their archive. If you're still living in the same place and have recorded that previous document number, go back to the same notary and ask for another copy. The notary won't ask for you to pay the stamp tax because they're not notarizing anything. Pay the Tax. Take your rental contract and the business card of the notary to the tax office responsible for the mahalle (district) where you live. Because the people at the tax office may be unaware of this tax you're trying to pay, have them call the number on the notary's business card and hand your mobile phone to them. The notary can explain the situation. You can also point to the amount of the deposit on your contract and say kiracıyım, deposito damga vergisi ödemek istiyorum (I'm the tenant, and I want to pay the stamp duty for the deposit). Better yet, write that down and show it to them. Otherwise, they might think you're the owner of the apartment and are trying to pay tax on the rent you've been receiving. To pay the tax, you'll fill out a form and be sent to the vezne (cashier), where you'll pay the tax and get a receipt. Take the receipt back to the notary, and they'll give you a notarized copy of your rental contract. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. I am a French citizen spending about 8 months a year in Turkey (although not in a row) and my question is whether a residence permit "for touristic purposes" qualifies me as resident or non-resident for tax purposes in Turkey (unlimited liable taxpayer vs limited liable taxpayer). I checked the Turkish Personal Income Tax Law (PITL) but it is rather ambiguous: while, on the one hand, it states that "Residents are individuals with legal permanent residence in Turkey and those who reside in Turkey for more than six months during one calendar year", it later says that "those who have arrived for the purpose of ... rest and travel are considered non-residents, regardless of their time of stay in Turkey." This issue is very important for my global tax situation, especially in France. Currently, the French tax office thinks that I'm a tax resident in Turkey simply because I reside here a lot and have a rental address here, citing the tax treaty between Turkey and France. However, they seem to disregard the fact that the treaty only applies if I am deemed a resident by the PITL in the first place, and it is up to me to clarify this point. I thought of applying to my local Turkish tax office for a ruling but, given the ambiguity in the law, I would first like to gather some advice from people with experience in the matter. Additionally, I would welcome any recommendation for a good Turkish tax advisor on the matter.
  5. Hello Everyone, I have started a company a year ago and not doing any business activities at all. Now I'm thinking of closing the company. Since it is a Limited Company I think just will leave it without filing the monthly taxes and not paying any taxes at all "Just Neglect it completely". But my Accountant said that I would be legally asked to pay the company debits when doing any gov related activity or in the airport. Now, I just want to make sure if I Neglect the company, what are the legal consequences? and is it true that I will be asked as my accountant said? because I am confused now! as I know the Limited company is separated from the owners/directors and shareholders. Any advice is welcomed.
  6. Hi everyone, Please I need a serious advice regarding the tax I should pay after purchasing a property in Istanbul. I got a website to see if I should pay tax, but when I login , always says there is no tax to be paid!!! I bought an apartment in Istanbul on the 03. October 2018, I bank transfer the money from outside to buy this property. 1- Recently I read that a foreigner could get back the 18% VAT for the first property !! Is it true and if so how I get it back? 2- I know I should pay some tax to the Turkish authority after buying my apartment (I have been to belediye but they could not understand me): - How I know correct how much I should pay? - I bought the apartment on 03.10.2018 from building company which is build it on 2017, How I can be sure that the building company has paid all the taxes regarding my apartment till the purchasing date which is 03.10.2018? I appreciate very much your quick answer.
  7. Hello Everyone, I am a property owner since October 2018,, I have a couple question would like to be answered to avoid any violation of the Turkish law. 1- I know I should pay a tax because I own a property in Istanbul: - where and when I should pay tax ( I bought the apartment last October ), is there only one type of tax or there is a several types should be paid? - Is the authority going to send me a bill to be paid or I should ask in order to get the bill? 2- Where I should pay the Earthquake insurance and when? Thanks and I appreciate all the replies.
  8. Hey all, I've read in previous posts but the posts too old. I want to import a car (2016 BMW 320d) that's a 2 liter turbocharged engine, to Turkey of course. I was wondering how much the costs of the import taxes, customs and all? EDIT: According to the following website (https://www.export.gov/article?id=Turkey-ImportTariffs) "Other products impacted by the SCT include petroleum products, motor vehicles, aircraft, vessels and durable consumer goods. VAT is imposed at the general rate of 18%, but reduced rates (8% and 1%) are applied on some goods and services, and certain types of transactions are tax exempt." I don't why, but I find it hard to believe. **Tip: when and if you open the website search for "vehicle" to easily find the statement I quoted. Thanks in advance!
  9. Is there any way I could retrieve my tax number? I had a student rp card and I have this card with me. But, I want to know my tax number before coming Turkey. Is there any website, like the one we get our T. C. number with the detail information we provide?
  10. This is relatively straightforward. You pay tax here on the 1st Jan and the 1st July, depending on the size of your car, the bill gets higher every year and this year it flew up. If you have bought a car, especially if it is second hand, make sure there is no outstanding tax debt on the car BEFORE YOU HAND OVER A PENNY. You will have been to the tax office to get your tax number before, so go back to the same place and as soon as you go through the door, straight ahead with a sign over it is M. V. T. Give the guys your ownership book, and ask them to check the vehicle tax is ok. Do this because I recently enquired and found the dealership i bought it from screwed it up and never paid the first tax from 3 years ago, to which i flame-threw them for. They were sorry and fixed it in a day. How quite i paid tax all this time and no one mention it was beyond me. So do check it because they do make mistakes. Once you have determined your bill for the car for the year, you can either the full year or the 6 months and then pay 6 months later again. Then just take your ownership book to the cashier who enters the car plate number, prints out the payment, hands it to the next guy and you pay it. Also don't be tempted to pay it online, I did the first time and the bank sent it to the tax office in Mugla, boy was that a job and a half tracking that money down and trying to explain it. If you don't pay on time they do charge interest, its not much but they will start upping it soon as so many are taking the mickey. Keep all receipts......
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