Tax Refund: Rules and Procedure
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8% consumption tax is applied to all the items purchased in Japan. However, the paid tax can be refunded at the airport before your departure, or tax-free shopping is available for foreign tourists at several licensed stores, such as department stores and major drugstores.
Tax-free shopping is available where ever you find this signboard featuring the Japanese national flag and cherry blossoms.
Bring the item to the tax-free counter.
Note that there are two types of tax-free goods.
(1) General Goods
Home electrical appliances, accessories, watches, clothing, shoes, bags and other miscellaneous goods.
Food, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, etc.
Applicable amounts differ depending on the goods.
(1) General Goods
Over 10,801 yen (tax included) purchased at any given store on one calendar day.
Over 5,401 yen (tax included) purchased at any given store on one calendar day
* General goods and consumables should be separately calculated and cannot be totaled.
Show your passport.
Confirm the 3 conditions of tax-free procedure.
1.Items should be only for personal use (items purchased for business or commercial purpose are not eligible).
2.General goods should be taken out of Japan within 6 months from the date of purchaser’s arrival to Japan.
3.Consumables should be taken out of Japan unopened within 30 days from the date of purchase.
Confirm and sign the purchase proof document and the written oath prepared by the staff. Double-check the contents of the documents, such as your name, date of birth, date and place of purchase, etc.
Confirm the purchase proof document affixed to your passport.
At the time of your departure, affixed documents will be collected by Customs at the airport.
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