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To return to your home country, follow similar steps to "Before the Departure" and close down your Oslo household. Along with finding work and housing in the country you are moving to, you will need to give your notice at your current position, change information at your bank or change banks entirely, end the lease if you are renting, and sell your house if applicable. Note that ending your lease early will usually result in a penalty so try to time your departure so that it coincides with the end of your contract. If selling your house, employ an estate agent and start early as selling a house can be a very slow process. Make sure to cancel your utilities upon leaving your residence. Contact your consulate to find out details about your countries recommended procedures on issues such as pensions and unemployment.

Prepare your goods to go through customs by making a detailed inventory and secure a proof of change of residence. A moving form attestation can be secured through your Consulate. If using a shipping company, they should be able to handle most of this paperwork for you. To have the lowest taxes you will need to have had a residence abroad for more than 12 months and have had use of the possessions in a private capacity for at least 6 months.

You must also get clearance from the Tax Bureau before leaving Taiwan. If your taxes are being withheld, you should have the withholding statements to show the officer. Be aware that the Tax Bureau has the right to presume that you are earning income. It is your duty to rebut that presumption, if you choose. If taxes are not being withheld from your income, the Tax Bureau might impose a liability on you. If you claim you weren't working, you will need to account for how you spent your days.

In tandem with shutting down your foreign house, you need to prepare your next location. This includes finding a new apartment or house, or opening your house and possibly re-establishing your utilities. If moving with a pet, the same documentation is required as for an animal entering Taiwan. Be sure to check into the regulations for the country you are moving to. If you have children, you will need to find the right school and arrange for their records to be transferred. If any members of your family are not from the country you are moving to, you may need to secure visas for their entry. Prepare well in advance to avoid problems.

Related article: Preparing for your move

Update 10/12/2010


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