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Japan confirms 2019 Consumption Tax hike

  • Oct 14, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Japan confirms 2019 Consumption Tax hike

Japan is to confirm this week its plan to complete the second rise in its Consumption Tax, from 8% to 10% in October 2019.  The first hike, in 2014 from 5% to 8% was blamed for a sharp rise in inflation and tipping the world’s third largest economy into recession. This latest rise has already been delayed twice since 2015.

Japan has the largest public debt of the developed world at 223% of GDP, and a fast ageing population forcing the rise in indirect tax.


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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.