Tax time… A time gringos dread in the States, but as an expat in Peru, it’s an easier process than you might think.*
I should clarify that I’m not talking about accounting for the taxes that the government takes from your income, if you work in a Peruvian institution. I’m talking about the Tasa Annual de Extranjería, or the annual foreigner’s tax, that’s required each year.
It works like this… If you pay between January-March, it’s only $20. But if you forget about it and choose to pay in April-June, price goes up to $40. It increases by $20 each quarter! I think this applies to the first calendar year (starting January) you have your Carnet, so for example I got my carnet in September 2913, and I didn’t pay my Tasa Annual until March 2014.
Paying your Tasa Anual is basically a two-step process.
- Go to the Banco de la Nación and tell them, “necesito pagar mi tasa anual de extranjería, por favor.” If you don’t know any other phrase in Spanish just slide your carnet and money across the desk and they’ll understand Once the payment is complete, you’ll sign a receipt the bank keeps, then they give you a copy.
- Go to the Peru Migraciones website here. They’ve made it SUPER easy this year, so you click this link next and click where it says “haz clic aquí” which leads you here. Click “continuar” and go to this official page. From here you enter your carnet number, your birthdate, the date you got your carnet, when it expires, your email, and one of those crazy verification codes. After that page you’ll come to a page where you enter the receipt number from the Banco de la Nación. From there you should be done paying and registering your info for taxes!
They’ve changed the process to online this year which is much easier, if you have Internet and have a hard time making it downtown!
If you’ve paid taxes as an expat in a foreign country, what was the process like?? Comment below- I’m curious!
*As my luck would have it, the process changed this year without my knowing! So I found out in person at the Migraciones office and felt like an idiot. At least the wait was less than 5minutes- a record for the Migraciones office! ((I tried to follow the steps above, but it kept saying I got my carnet information wrong (it wasn’t) so I’m wondering if the system already registered that I paid and don’t need to enter the online payment section?!)) I’m just here to make your life easier, so learn from my experience!!!