Section 3. Taxes in Japan

3.8 Other principal taxes

There are a variety of other taxes levied on income, the acquisition/ownership of assets, consumption and other transactions in addition to those described above. Taxes levied on the ownership of assets to which many businesses are subject include the fixed asset tax and the city planning tax. Land, structures and depreciable assets for business use are subject to a fixed asset tax of 1.4%, payable by the owners of said property as of January 1 each year. The city planning tax is levied at a rate of 0.3% on land and structures within city planning zones. Companies in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka having facilities exceeding 1,000 square meters in floor space and/or having more than 100 employees are subject to business office taxes. The tax rates are 600 yen per square meter of floor space and 0.25% of the total amount of employee salaries.

Furthermore, there is a registration and license tax levied for the registration of real estate/companies and the issue of business licenses, as well as a stamp duty payable as a tax on stipulated documents. Gift tax, inheritance tax (see 3.7.7) and other special-purpose taxes must also be borne in mind.

Section3: Table of Contents


Section3:Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities

Section3
(Section1)
Documents Where documents are listed within the URL The competent authorities and relevant web pages
3.3.1
(1.6)
Notification of Incorporation of a CompanyExternal site: a new window will open See Guidelines 1. Notification of corporation establishment National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.3.1
(1.6)
Notification of Incorporation / Establishment of corporation
(for submission to Tokyo Metropolitan when establishing an office in Tokyo)External site: a new window will open
See "1.Notification of Incorporation (example form)" under the "Duties" headline. Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Bureau of taxation(English)External site: a new window will open
3.3.1
(1.6)
Notification about Becoming Foreign Ordinary CorporationExternal site: a new window will open See Guidelines 2. Notification about Becoming Foreign Ordinary Corporation National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.3.10(3)
(1.6)
Application for Blue Form ReturnExternal site: a new window will open See Guidelines 6. Application form for Approval of Filing Blue Return National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.4.2
(1.6)
Notification of Establishment / Relocation / Discontinuance of Salary Paying Office etc.External site: a new window will open See Guidelines 10. Notification of Establishment/
Relocation/Closure of a Salary-paying office
National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.3.10(1)
(1.6)
Application for Special Provision for Extension of the Due Date for Filing a Final Tax ReturnExternal site: a new window will open See Guidelines 5. Application for Special Provision for Extension of the Due Date for Filing a Final Return Form National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.4.1
(1.6)
Application for Approval Made in Relation to the Special Provision for Due Dates for Withholding Income TaxExternal site: a new window will open See Guidelines 11. Application for Approval Made in Relation to the Special Provision for Due Dates for Withholding Income Tax National Tax AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
3.3.10(1)
(1.6)
Notification/Application for Extension of Time to File Tax Statement
(for submission to Tokyo Metropolitan)External site: a new window will open
See "2.Notification/Application for Extension of Time to File Tax Statement (example form)" under the "Duties" headline. Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Bureau of taxation(English)External site: a new window will open

Materials listed as ‘Reference’ contain samples of documents regarding registration, visa, taxation, personnel and labor matters that are necessary when a foreign company establishes a corporation or other entity in Japan. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. For those who are going through the official procedures, please obtain the latest official documents from the competent authorities and related bodies or consult a person who specializes in advising on such information and procedures.

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