Annual real estate taxes to increase in 2015

Home owners are likely to see their annual fixed asset and city taxes increase in 2015. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has decided that residential buildings will be valued at a higher rate next year to account to reflect the recent increase in construction and labour costs. This will be the first increase in the taxable value since 2009.

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Toshima-ku to extend tax on studio apartments

Toshima-ku in Tokyo announced that they will extend the special tax on builders of studio or ‘one-room’ apartments for another five years.

The tax applies to buildings with 9 or more apartments that are less than 30 sqm (323 sqft) in size. A construction company must pay a tax of 500,000 Yen on each studio apartment within two months of the commencement of construction.

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Fixed asset tax reduction on new homes may be extended

The government is considering extending the fixed asset tax reduction on new homes for another two years. Currently, the annual fixed asset taxes are halved for the first 3 ~ 5 years on new homes and apartments. Unless extended, the special tax relief measure is set to expire at the end of March 2014.

There are concerns about a slump in new home sales following the planned increase in consumption tax from April 2014. As a result, the government is looking at measures to counter-act any possible downturn in sales activity. 

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Did you know: Atami City has a special tax on holiday homes

The popular beachside resort area of Atami in Shizuoka levies a special tax on owners of holiday homes and resort apartments within the city. Called a “besso” tax (besso = holiday house), it is very similar to a municipal tax. This tax is only charged on properties in Atami City, and is not found anywhere else in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Revisions to inheritance tax in Japan

There has been recent movement to increase the inheritance taxes and reduce the tax deductions as a way to distribute wealth. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has even suggested collecting the entire inheritance so that no wealth is passed onto the next generation.

The revision to the inheritance taxes in Japan was scheduled to go in effect from April 2011, but was delayed due to the Tohoku disaster. The current economic climate suggests that taxes will be increased, and the terms of the increases may be decided this year.

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Fixed asset tax deductions extended 2 years

The Government’s Select Committee on the Taxation System has decided to extend the fixed asset tax reduction that applies to brand new homes and apartments. The reduced tax benefit will be extended an additional two years. Under this new plan, the annual fixed asset tax on a brand new apartment or home will be halved for the first five years since construction. The tax applies to all new residences, including those purchased to be rented out as an investment.

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