Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tax Purchase Rebate

Is there a Tax Rebate for purchases made by Foreigners/tourists in Japan? Tax rebates like the ones in Singapore and Thailand.


Tax Purchase Rebate

At stores that offer duty free shopping yes. Usually large department stores, electronic stores, typical stores you would expect to find them at in major tourist areas.

Tax Purchase Rebate

Thank you very much for the information you provided. It is very helpful.

If you%26#39;re buying something from Yodobashi/BIC/Sakuraya, the tax savings is usually less than using a point card. You cannot use both. I use the point card which is more than double the tax savings if I show my passport.

Tax rebate: Large department stores (Isetan, Seibu, Odakyu, Keio, Takashimaya, Mitsukoshi, Daimaru, etc, etc) have tax rebate services. Smaller chains or shops may or may not so you have to ask. For example, Uniqlo does not have tax rebate servce.

To qualify for the tax refund, you must spend more than 10,000 Yen at the same store on the same day. You must also get the refund processed on the same day. It means you should not leave your purchases until the very last minute of closing hour as the tax refund desk could be closed. Finally, you must have your original passport (not a copy) with you. A tax refund form will be attached to your passport which you are supposed to surrender at airport customs. Refunds are given in cash regardless of the method of payment.

Yodobashi/Bic Point Card: Make sure you get one of these. It takes just a few minutes and you don%26#39;t have to be a Japanese resident to get one.

Regarding the point cards, you can use a phony address, like your hotel or something like that. They don%26#39;t mail anything to you. It%26#39;s just for the sake of the registration.

Thanks you for all the information you gave , that is very kind of you, I will be getting something from Hankyu Men, so the info is ready handy, specially the point system because I%26#39;m not aware of that. Thanks again !

Actually occasionally they mail you a big catalog or some promotional material. At least for me they do.

Also the form is in Japanese, so find a translator or friend to assist you if you wanted to get the card.

You do need a Japanese address to fill it out, so you%26#39;ll have to use something.

Some stores require local Japanese address(Yodobashi), some do not(Bic, Sakuraya).

I have a Yodobashi point card. In fact, the staff advised us to get one.

You can get a card at Yodobashi using a fake address or your hotel. Just make one up from somewhere. They don%26#39;t care and your card will never get invalidated.

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