Abolition of duty-free purchase benefits for foreign students staying in Japan for a long time


International students in Japan will not be able to enjoy the 10% consumption tax exemption on purchases in the future.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Japanese government and the ruling party have decided to limit the scope of duty-free purchases by foreigners visiting Japan to short-term residents, such as tourists, and plan to reflect this in next year’s tax revision.

In Japan, excluding current employed persons, foreign residents, including international students, can purchase goods that are not subject to consumption tax for six months from the time of entry into Japan.

However, as it turns out that there are not many cases where some foreigners who entered Korea as international students make a profit by reselling duty-free products, it is decided to supplement the system by limiting the beneficiaries to tourists or diplomats who have stayed in Korea for less than 90 days. I did.

When the new system is introduced, foreign students such as international students and trainees who stay for more than 90 days will not be able to purchase duty-free items.

In Japan, an electronic administrative system linking duty free shops and the National Tax Service has been partially operated since April last year.

As a result of this system, by June of this year, 1,837 foreigners purchased more than 1 million yen or about 10 million Korean won of duty-free goods, and more than 80% of them were Chinese.

Also, one Chinese who recorded the highest amount among 69 people who exceeded 100 million yen or 1 billion Korean won bought a total of 32,000 items worth 1.2 billion yen or 12 billion Korean won.

The items that foreigners bought duty-free in Japan were cosmetics and luxury watches.

In particular, it is known that a large number of international students have repeatedly purchased cosmetics with a one-time purchase of 500,000 yen and 5 million Korean won, which is close to the limit of 490,000 yen.

According to Yomiuri, the Japanese National Tax Service considered that expensive duty-free goods purchased repeatedly by international students are highly likely to be resold through brokers or companies in Japan.


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