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Japanese Consumption Tax on digital services

November 8th, 2017

Japan has levied Consumption Tax on cross border sales of electronic services to its consumers since October 2015. Income from e-services includes: e-books, streaming media, apps, cloud-based services and online gaming, services that post online ads. Voice and data telephony services are excluded. Determining the place of supply as Japan To demonstrate whether Consumption Tax …


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Japan exempts bitcoin from Consumption Tax

April 2nd, 2017

The Japanese government has approved the exemption of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, from Consumption Tax. The boost for virtual currencies reflects similar changes in the EU and many on other countries.  The exemption from Japan’s 8% indirect tax regime recognises bitcoin as a private currency used for the exchange of goods or services, and …


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Japan bitcoin Consumption Tax

October 12th, 2016

The Japanese Ministry of Finance is expected to shortly announce that the sale of bitcoin and other virtual currencies will be exempted from 8% Consumption Tax. The change in fiscal policy is based on a reclassification of bitcoin as a payment method by the Fund Settlement Law. Japan is one of last major economies to …


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Japan Consumption Tax rise delay till 2019

May 30th, 2016

Close advisors to premier Shinzo Abe indicated this weekend that the planed April 2017 rise in Japanese Consumption Tax from 8% to 10% will be postponed until 2019. Continuing weak consumer demand, and a slowing Chinese market, had put the rise in doubt for a year. It was part of a two-part planned rise, the …


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Japan to delay Consumption Tax rise

May 14th, 2016

Japan’s premier, Shinzo Abe, is expected to announce that the planned rise from 8% to 10% in Consumption Tax is to be delayed.  A formal announcement is expected at the end of May. This rise was scheduled for April 2017, but slowing growth has put it in doubt. The rise had already been delayed once. …


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Japan recession threatens Consumption Tax rise

March 29th, 2016

Japan’s lacklustre economy, currently at negative growth rate of 0.3%, means that the long-planned Consumption Tax rise to 10% may be postponed again. Whilst Japan has been obliged to schedule the rise from 8% since 2012 to help fund rising debt with an aging population, the flat economy may not stand a further dampening on …


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Japan bitcoin a currency but still taxable

March 10th, 2016

Japan’s government has recognized bitcoin as a private currency. The new categorization switches it from a simple asset to means of exchange of goods or services without any intrinsic value. This means all digital currencies will come under the supervision of the Japanese Financial Services Agency, giving added consumer protection and transparency around bitcoin exchanges. …