Japan - Special considerations for short-term assignments

Tax TIES: Japan - Short-term assignments

Taxation of international executives

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Residency rules

Payroll considerations

Taxable income

Additional considerations

For the purposes of this publication, a short-term assignment is defined as an assignment that lasts for less than one year.

Residency rules

Are there special residency considerations for short-term assignments?

Not applicable.

Payroll considerations

Are there special payroll considerations for short-term assignments?

Not applicable.

Taxable income

What income will be taxed during short-term assignments?

Japanese-sourced income.

Additional considerations

Are there any additional considerations that should be considered before initiating a short-term assignment in Japan?

Generally, Japan's double tax treaties are in line with the OECD Model Treaty with respect to the tax-exempt treatment of foreign employees temporarily working in Japan. Such employees are generally tax exempt if they fulfill the following three criteria:

  • they are present in Japan for not more than 183 days in any 12-month period commencing or ending the fiscal year concerned
  • their salary is paid by a non-resident employer
  • none of the salary is borne by a permanent establishment in Japan.

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