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    Social Security Refund... did anybody get it?

    I work at an international school in Bangkok.

    We all paid Thailand social security for 6 months at around 750 baht a month per person.

    Somehow the rules changed, and the school told us we didn't have to pay it any more. They told us our refund would come in October.

    I still haven't seen anything, and when I ask the Thai principal, she tells me that we got blown off by whatever Ministry handles this stuff.

    I'd like to know if anyone else got their money back. I'm also interested if anyone knows a way to check with the Social Security department to see if a refund was ever issued to the school. I wouldn't put it past this school to just keep our refunds. If they did though, I'd like to know about it, I might mention it to the WASC/CIS people the next time they come through.

    Thanks for your input.

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    News to Me

    I recall hearing about this as well. I'll ask my admin person when I get back to school in a few weeks. I'll let you know what I find out.

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    Thanks. It's been a year. I don't think we are ever seeing that money. I just want to make sure that the Thai government stole it, and not the school.

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    social welfare rebate.

    Like many foreign teachers who contribut to the social welfare fund in Thailand, I was offered the social welfare rebate .
    I furnished my bank details and waited for the cheque to arrive.
    Today I got a letter from the government to say, sorry you can only get this money if you have Thai I.D
    You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

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    Thanks Tayto. I'll file this one under 'Should have known better tax'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tayto
    Today I got a letter from the government to say, sorry you can only get this money if you have Thai I.D
    Same in Egypt but Malaysia is a different story .

    There , if you have a work permit, you pay into the EPF ( Employees Provident Fund ) and your employer doubles it up .
    I fully expected that when I left that my employer would reclaim the cash and I would not get anything .
    Imagine my joy when I retired and the Malaysian Government summoned me to their EPF office and returned both my and my employers contributions - with interest!!!
    I retired to Thailand with an unexpected 750,000 baht in my pocket

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    I paid for social security and healthcare in Taiwan. I didn't ever need social security, but I do know several people who drew on it. I used the healthcare system there all of the time. Much better than Thailand, actually much better than the U.S. in a lot of ways.

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