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Japan To Tax Online Sales Of Foreign-Made Content 59

Posted by timothy
from the what-will-the-market-bear dept.
Qedward writes with this except from CIO. "Japan is planning to tax sales of foreign online content such as e-books, apps and downloaded music by late 2015. Japanese who purchase electronic content from foreign firms like Amazon.com through overseas servers don't have to pay consumption tax, currently at 5% but slated to rise to 8% in April. That has made foreign content cheaper than apps, MP3 downloads, software, and e-books distributed domestically. Physical products purchased from abroad are hit with consumption tax when they clear customs in Japan, but no such levy exists for online goods. The government plans to close the loophole and make foreign vendors selling consumer goods register with tax authorities and pay the tax. Japanese corporations that buy foreign electronic content such as business software, however, will have to pay the tax directly to the Japanese tax authorities, Nikkei Asian Review reported this morning."
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Japan To Tax Online Sales Of Foreign-Made Content

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  • I know for a fact there's a Japanese edition of /. [slashdot.jp]
    • by gstoddart (321705)

      I know for a fact there's a Japanese edition of /.

      Ummm ... it's right there in the summary:

      That has made foreign content cheaper than apps, MP3 downloads, software, and e-books distributed domestically.

      Or, are you somehow suggesting "Slashdot should be enough for anybody"?

      • by c0lo (1497653)

        I know for a fact there's a Japanese edition of /.

        Ummm ... it's right there in the summary:

        That has made foreign content cheaper than apps, MP3 downloads, software, and e-books distributed domestically.

        Or, are you somehow suggesting "Slashdot should be enough for anybody"?

        Bingo. To be more precise, I was hinting that /. is cheap enough for everybody (as in "a great way of killing time and getting nothing in return". You don't believe me? Read this thread again)

  • by SailorSpork (1080153) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @11:23AM (#45951873) Homepage
    The reason consumers are buying digital merch from other countries is because it is cheaper. Entertainment moguls have an even tighter stranglehold on Japan's entertainment business and pricing than even the RIAA in the US and prices for music, movies, games, etc are all much higher, on the order of 50-100% higher. If you try buying a song in the Japan iTunes store for instance, a song that is 99 cents or $1.29 in the US app store is ~$2 in Japan.

    So I'm sure what the Japanese people are doing, as an example, is switching their iTunes "home" location to another country and buying iTunes cards from those countries, saving costs and getting equivalent merchandise.

    This scheme does not make for easy tracking and taxation on the Japanese side...
    • by Mashiki (184564)

      So I'm sure what the Japanese people are doing, as an example, is switching their iTunes "home" location to another country and buying iTunes cards from those countries, saving costs and getting equivalent merchandise.

      That's exactly what they're doing, or they're having their friends in the US and Canada send the stuff to them. I regularly send movies, cards, and games to my gaming buddies in Japan, because I can get it much cheaper...and surprise I have no qualms about it, neither do they. They're getting raked over the coals, but it has all to do with amount or lack of taxation they're able to raise because the average worker age is now 41(unlike the late 20's to early 30's in the Americas). Then again, I would have

    • Sales and use tax is like trying to capture a quantity of dye after it has been poured into the river. It is stupidly inefficient and increasingly ineffectual. Even worse it disproportionately impacts people with a lower income. Gather the dye before it has been poured out with an income tax and be done with it.
    • by olau (314197)

      The way it works in Denmark, and I imagine other EU countries, is that companies with a revenue from Danish customers above a certain threshold (250,000 EUR/year I think) must register with the Danish tax authorities and collect the 25% VAT from Danish consumers in the same way as Danish companies do (the VAT threshold for Danish companies is about 6700 EUR/year). So it's the responsibility of the company to do the tracking and taxation.

      If you fail to do that as a company, I'm not sure exactly what happens,

  • by beltsbear (2489652) on Tuesday January 14, 2014 @11:36AM (#45952123)

    What if a seller (legal in it's own country) sells mp3's/videos through a website that allows worldwide customers and takes Bitcoin for it. The seller never registers with the government of Japan. The buyer avoids the tax, the seller saves credit card fees and chargebacks. Only the government of Japan looses.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      well, if amazon starts taking bitcoin, it will take the vat off from that transaction.

      i guess the thing in your comment is "the seller never registers with the government of japan".

      but the transaction to buy the bitcoins on your japanese credit card would still point to something.. making you to pay tax on the bitcoins the very least.

  • We should tax all foreigners not living in our country.
  • I know enough Japanese people to know that a lot of western media is very difficult to come by in Japan via conventional mediums. You'd be surprised at the number of videogames, movies and the likes that are commonplace in the US, Europe, etc, but not in Japan.

    Companies like Capcom and Square Enix actually localize some western games in there, with usually tacky, poorly translated scripts, bottom-of-the-barrel voice acting (if any) and overly inflated prices. Most videogame players that like western-style s

    • by ruir (2709173)
      Well, from a fellow Iberia hermano, there are several ways to avoid the stupidity of the custom tax. Either you buy it online and download it, or a friend in the US buys it and forwards it as a gift. Some chinese stores also bend rules and send it for you with a receipt of a much lower cost to rid you of taxes, already happened to someone I used to know. Normally here if you have just a DVD or a book, it also goes bellow radar, or used to be that way. When you start buying more than 3 or 4 in one go, they i

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