Do you know “Hometown tax donation program – Furusato Nozei”?
Here I’d like to share with you some numbers concerning the Hometown tax donation program.
Surprisingly some people are still not utilizing the hometown tax donation program. It’s unbelievable to me.
In a 2019 February article in “E commerce report” by Marketing Research Camp, Only 21% people have applied Hometown tax donation program in 2018 or earlier at least one time, and 56% have not applied even though they know about the program.
There is no statistics numbers, but as far as I investigated and interviewed some friends and coworkers of mine, here are two major reasons. No.1, “It seems complicated.” and No.2, “It seems too much paperwork.”
But, as a result of my research, and from my own experience, I noticed that it’s not complicated, and not that much paperwork. In this seminar, I’ll present the result of my research and convince you if you’ve not tried, yet. 😊
Here is some teaser….
Do you pay tax? Yes? Good. When you pay money to the municipality tax office, do they say “Thank you” to you? No. But, when you use this program and pay money, they say “Thank you” and send you a gift. Do you like gifts? I like gifts. These are some examples which I received last year. Huge cantaloupe melons and lots of Japanese pears. Very sweet and tasty gifts.
The thing is that, we need to pay 2,000 yen as a handling fee. That’s the only thing which I would say a negative point. But everything has pros and cons, right? So, do you think it’s simple? OK, the first challenge was solved.
Now, let’s move on to the other challenge. What was that? Do you remember? Paperwork. Seeing is believing. At the class, I’ll show you the copy of the actual documents which I submitted to the tax office last year. Just two sheets of documents are the paperwork all you need to do. It’s easy, isn’t it?
OK. We’ve solved the two major concerns, the complexity and paperwork. What are you waiting for? There is no reason to hesitate to apply now.
Because of the benefit for the tax payers, more people are applying to the program. In an August 2nd 2019 article in the Japan Times, they reported “the total amount of money collected under the furusato nozei in fiscal 2018 grew some 40 percent from the previous year to about 512.7 billion Japanese yen (5,127 oku-en), hitting a record high for the sixth straight year.”, which means it’s a proven system.
Lastly, good news is that the program is not only for Japanese citizens, but anyone who pays tax in Japan.
The year 2020 has just started and we have enough time to consider. If you’ve never tried it, I hope you’ll try and enjoy the program this year. I can help you at the class. Let’s enjoy the gifts together!