This article is for the non-native Japanese speakers in Japan who need to file tax returns, mainly in English.
My name is Akirako Kimura, a tax accountant.（@k_tax）
If you are a foreigner living in Japan, you need to file a tax return in Japan.
- 1 Tax returns for non-native Japanese speakers – What to check, where to ask?
- 2 English pages in the National Tax Agency’s website
- 3 Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau has En, Pt, Es Pages!
- 4 Telephone Consultation Service
- 5 Special Thanks for Translator
Tax returns for non-native Japanese speakers – What to check, where to ask?
Non-native Japanese speakers who live in Japan need to pay tax in Japan.
But taxation is very complicated to begin with. And most tax brochures and National Tax Agency’s website is written only in Japanese… I can imagine non-Japanese natives must be having a hard time during the tax return season!
For those non-native Japanese speakers who pay income tax Japan, here is useful information!
English pages in the National Tax Agency’s website
Firstly, National Tax Agency’s website has some pages in English.
Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau has En, Pt, Es Pages!
Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau’s website has pages written not only in English but in Portuguese and in Spanish. Is it maybe because the headquarters of Toyota, a very international company, is in the city?
I have not read them to see how detailed those pages in different languages were, sorry, but it must be helpful at some level for you.
Telephone Consultation Service
At the Telephone Consultation Services by Regional Taxation Bureaus, services are available in English.
So, I got them for you by calling each bureau.
Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau Telephone Consultation Service
When you call this number, you will be guided by English automated announcements.
※Sometimes a real person, who speaks some English, picks up the phone. (Updated in 2019)
Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau Telephone Consultation Service
An officer will pick up the phone in Japanese. Please tell that person that you need assistance in English.
※When I called, I was told that their English would not be very good, but what can I do… (Updated in 2019)
Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau Telephone Consultation Service
This number is the bureau’s main number. Please tell the operator that you need to be connected to their English services.
※As of 2019, it has not changed.
Special Thanks for Translator
This entry was translated by KIKI.
Thank you very much!