The Penalty for Filing Late Tax Returns in Japan

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If you are unclear about the penalties for failing to file a tax return in Japan, you might find this blog helpful.




The Case When You Voluntarily File Tax Returns After The Due Date

If you voluntarily file tax returns before a tax audit, you will be charged an additional 5% of the tax due. For instance, if you owe 1,000,000 yen in taxes, the penalty would be 50,000 yen.


The Case of Filing Tax Returns Late Following A Tax Audit

The penalty rates after a tax audit are 15% or 20% of the owed tax amount. Furthermore, if it is determined that the failure to file was intentional, a heavy penalty, also known as a surtax, is applied at a rate of 40%.


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