Doing taxes can be a really worrying thought, but the experience of it here in Japan is nowhere near as terrifying as you might think.
Depending on your situation, you may have one of a few scenarios:
Here’s the thing, being in the second or third situation might be better for you, as doing your own taxes can net you a lot of deductions that your company might not care to look for.
What you need to do your taxes:
When you go to the tax office from February 15th this year, you’ll need to bring a few things to make sure you can do this in one go and not have to go back home.
Don’t forget to bring your phone when you go to the tax office with a translation app on it.
They will help you at the tax office
Most of the time we think of public services here to be a very difficult situation. Going to the ward office to move house can be annoying, as in 90% of cases there is nobody there who can speak English, and even if you can get by with daily Japanese you’re often asking for forms that have a lot of kanji or words you don’t understand. They are complicated forms, and tax is no different. Using some kind of translation app will sometimes miss …continue reading