Japan’s tax exemption program
To maka the most of shopping in Japan,yo need to know about Japan’s tax exemption program.
Tax exemption in Japan basically applies to all items,from general items such as home appliances,watches,and consumable items such as alcohol,food cosmetics,tabaco,and medicines.
Tax is exempt only under conditions. Let’s check them out below.
The 8% consumption tax will be refunded
The 8% consumption tax is refunded as long as you are shopping at a tax-free store and file your tax exemption on the same day.
When you purchase merchandise ,you can pay tax-exempt price
The tax refund procedure cannot be carried out afterward at an airport or similar location. To carry out the procedure,you must show your actual passport,not a copy of visa page.
Cruise ship tourists need to show their cruise ship tourist permit.
The program only applies to foreign visitors!
Only foreign visitors staying in Japan for less than six months can use this program
Make use of the tax exemption program!
Step 1 Look for tax-free shop
there are more than 40000tax-free stores in Japan you can find tax frees stores
Step2 Go through tax exemption procedures.
Required item for the procedure
Your own passport (with valid entry stamp) or cruise ship tourist permit
Bring the item you need to file a tax exemption application to the tax-free counter or cash register of tax-free store
Step3 Sign the Covenant of purchaser
Read the contents of the covenant thoroughly and sigh it.
Purchase at a tax-excluded price or receive a tax refund.
Purchases can be made at prices excluding the consumption tax amount
Step4 go through the proper procedures at the airport.
When you leave Japan,submit the items you purchased along with the Record of purchase that is affixed to your passport to customs.
Tax Examption Q&A
Q if I don’t get a stamp in my passport because I use the automatic gates when entering Japan ,am I still eligilible for tax exemption?
A You must have an entry stamp to be eligible for tax exemption.when using the automatic gates,make sure to get an entry stamp from a nearby immigration officer.
Q I left my passport at my hotel. Can I apply for tax exemption tomorrow?
Tax exemption procedures must be done at the time purchase at that location where you purchased your products, so please don’t forget your passport .