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Information Regarding Accommodation tax in Kutchan

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Information Regarding Accommodation tax in Kutchan

To tourists coming to stay in Kutchan Town, Kutchan Town is aiming to add 2% tax charge to visitors’ accommodation fee from November 2019.

 Objectives

The accommodation tax is a special tax for specific purpose, which Kutchan Town uniquely introduces. The purpose is to cover costs involved in promoting tourism, and enhancing the attractiveness of Kutchan Town as it has developed into one of the world-renowned resort town.

The revenue from the tax will be used to solve issues associated with the rising number of tourists and to increase visitors' satisfaction and revisit rate.

 Who pays the tax?

Visitors who stay overnight in lodging facilities in the municipal area of Kutchan Town.

 *Students and teachers etc. on school trips or traveling for business are exempt from this tax if they are pre-approved by an authorized Japanese school official as a study trip serving educational purposes.

*Diplomats who present a tax exemption card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan are exempt from tax. 

 Tax rate 

2% of your accommodation fee

*Accommodation fee doesn't include consumption tax, bathing facility tax, cost of meals etc.

 How to pay the tax

Tax will be added to the accommodation fee at the lodging facility in which you are staying.

 *The details may change depends on the outcome of the consultation with the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Contact: Kutchan Town Office

(General Info) General Policy Division TEL: 0136-56-8001

(Collection of Accommodation Tax) Tax Division  TEL:0136-56-8002

◆Future Schedule◆

Schedule Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kutchan Town Council and Kutchan Town Office
December 2018 Application for approval to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kutchan Town approved it about the accommodation tax collection in Kutchan Town council.
January 2019 ⬇︎ The Kutchan-cho Town office takes the budget demand procedure to the town council.
February 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
March 2019 The result from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will be arrived in the end of March as scheduled . For the budget demand, Kutchan Town Office will discuss it in a council meeting of March.
April 2019 Project preparations will start full-scale after the agreement of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications. Advertising and promotion starts after the agreement of town council.
May 2019 ⬇︎ Some explanatory meetings will be scheduled from May.
June 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
July - October 2019 ⬇︎ ⬇︎
1st November 2019 Accommodation tax starts as scheduled. Accommodation Tax stats on 1 November as scheduled.

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