Japan to give tax breaks for long-term foreign residents to attract financial experts

Japan to give tax breaks for long-term foreign residents to attract financial experts

Japan plans to implement tax incentives for long-term foreign residents as part of efforts to turn the country into a major international financial hub, government sources said Wednesday.

Under the current system, Japan imposes an inheritance tax on foreigners’ overseas assets if they live in the country for more than 10 years, but the special measure to be introduced will allow them to be exempted from the imposition, according to the sources.

The government also plans to allow unlisted firms including investment funds to add remuneration of executives to business expenses to help reduce their corporate taxes, the sources said.

The incentives will be included in the tax reform package for fiscal 2021 to be compiled by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition Komeito.

The cabinet is expected to approve the scheme by the end of the year, with related bills to be submitted to the parliament early next year, according to the sources.

Behind the introduction of the new tax breaks is the fact that many highly skilled financial professionals from abroad leave Japan within 10 years partly due to the current taxation system, a ruling party source said. Foreigners who have resided here for 10 years or less only pay taxes on domestic properties.

“The tax incentive will deliver a message that we want them to live longer and work longer in Japan,” the source said.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged last month in his first policy speech in parliament since he succeeded Shinzo Abe in September that Japan hopes to be home to a global financial center.


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