January 17, 2024
[Japanese Taxes] When and how do international students pay taxes?
What do you like most about Japan?
For me, a Belarusian, it is a rich natural environment with the sea, mountains, and forests. However, of course, money is needed to keep both nature and cityscapes clean. As you know, in order to collect that money, the government collects taxes. (By the way, did you know that the "Kanji of the Year" for 2023 is "tax"?)
Just like Japanese people, foreigners can enjoy the beautiful nature and cityscape, and in case of an emergency, they can call the police, fire trucks, and ambulances, and use various public facilities and services. Therefore, foreign nationals and international students who have lived in Japan for a while also need to pay taxes.
However, there are many types of taxes, so what kind of taxes should I pay, and when and how? How long do you have to live in the country to become taxable?
This article explains the taxes that international students must pay in Japan. (Please note that there are some differences in taxation from foreign workers.)