What Are Japanese Tax Officers Like?

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If you are unsure about Japan’s taxe audits, this blog can be helpful for you.



They are ordinary people.

Japanese tax officers are regular civil servants, and there is no need to fear them.


They require evidence.

When taxpayers provide answers to their questions, tax officers must request supporting evidence. For example, if they suspect high travel expenses, they may ask for documents from the travel company.


They frequently conduct third-party investigations.

If tax officers have doubts about taxpayers’ answers or documents, they will contact third parties, such as clients, suppliers, restaurants, or travel companies, to verify the facts.


Their job involves suspicion.

It is essential to understand that tax officers are trained to be skeptical. If they don’t conduct thorough investigations, Japan’s finances could be at risk.


Please see the following if you want more information about Japanese tax audits.

How Are Tax Audits Conducted in Japan?



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