Japan confirms 2019 Consumption Tax hike

October 14th, 2018

Japan is to confirm this week its plan to complete the second rise in its Consumption Tax, from 8% to 10% in October 2019.  The first hike, in 2014 from 5% to 8% was blamed for a sharp rise in inflation and tipping the world’s third largest economy into recession. This latest rise has already …


Japan on track for 10% Consumption Tax 2019

August 13th, 2018

Japan’s latest growth rates mean the planned rise in its Consumption Tax from 8% to 10% in October 2019 will still go ahead. The rise had previously been delayed twice because of stagnant growth. The indirect tax was originally raised from 5% to 8% in 2014 to help fund the spiralling social costs of an ageing …


Japan 10% Consumption Tax Oct 2019

April 15th, 2018

Japan is continuing to prepare for a rise in its Consumption Tax from 8% to 10% on 1 October 2019. The planned rise has already been delayed once, in 2016. It is the second in a long-planned doubling of the tax – the first from 5% to 8% coming in 2014. The OECD has warned this month that …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …