Duty Free means consumption tax in Japan, which is being applied is 8% effective from 8/2014. In addition, there are some other excise taxes on some items in Japan. 8% is a large amount for quite a lot of people?
What items are tax exempt? Most of the items you need to buy when traveling are tax deductables such as electrical appliances, electronics, appliances, cosmetics, tonics, clothes ... So you do not need to worry too much to consider what to buy or not to buy to be exempt from consumption tax.
Sharing experience in duty free purchasing in Japan
When buying, remember that in Japan there is a minimum or maximum purchase requirement for a specific tax refund:
- For cosmetic, food, beverage or tonic products, you must purchase at least 5,000 yen or more and not buy more than 500,000 yen in a day at the same location to qualify for a refund tax.
- For electronics, refrigeration, household goods, your minimum purchase will be over 10,000 yen to get a refund tax. The Japanese government does not have a maximum limit on these items.
To be exempt from tax when going to the supermarket during your travel, in this article you should note the following:
Duty-free shops are mainly located in the airport and downtown
1. Buy the right store, supermarkets where have TAX-FREE record
2. When buying duty free tax, you will not receive direct tax deductions at the counter, which you must pay in full, and then you go to the tax return or TAX REFUND to get back the tax.
3. Not all stores have duty-free counters.
In that case, you must bring the bill to a tax refund counter near the site. Generally tax-free counters will be located in the same neighborhood.
4. If shops or supermarkets have duty-free kiosks in the same building, you should also note the time to process refunds is relatively long because there will be too many customers waiting in line as citizens in Central National and other countries to Japan who buy quite a lot.
You should keep in mind, especially when traveling with the delegation, avoiding the waiting time of the delegation.
One of the policies promoting Japan's tourism sector is more openness in duty-free purchasing procedures.
5. Most tax refund counters will charge you for the service, so you will not receive a full 8%, but will be a little lower, mostly charged at 1.1%, and you get 6.9%.
6. For a refund, your purchase invoice must meet the minimum tax refund. At the store will specify the minimum amount in the invoice to be refunded.
For example, cosmetics, food ... minimum 5,000 yen or electronics, household appliances ... is 10,000 yen.
Note that the products are tax-free in Japan, so you are not allowed to consume them in Japan. Therefore, some items such as food and drinks will be sealed until you leave Japan. But this is principle, the Japanese are very honest and they obey correctly. If you are so hungry, you can puff packaged crackers to eat, no one will test or arrest you.
Wish you have a fun shopping trip and buy a lot of Japanese goods.