What Happens if You’re Late Paying Your Taxes in Japan?

This is what the Tsukuba tax reminder looks like.  This was issued late last year.  Notice the stamp in the lower right corner?  That means I paid...whew!  One more payment to go!

This is short post that I meant to put up last year, but since my taxes are broken into payments, I think it’s still relevant. When you live in Japan, so many of the things you see and do will be different from back home. However, some things don’t change. If you’re earning income here in Japan, you will have to pay taxes on it. Some companies are better than others at deducting it for you, which really makes things easier. But if you’re at a job that doesn’t you’ve got to handle the Continue Reading …

Japanese Electricity Bill Blues (JEBB)

That's a bit more of what I'm used to.

Dum dee dum dum dum. Donald gets home from work, it was a standard, nothing too surprising, no major issues at school that he couldn’t handle. He opens the his mailbox to find a couple of bills inside. “No worries, just one of those costs to take care of I guess.” Crinkle, crinkle, rip. Donald opens the envelope from TEPCO. His eyes scan quickly to the right side of the bill to see the amount due. His glance comes to a dead stop, his eyes widen, his brow furrows, and sweat begins to Continue Reading …

How to Pay A Bill In Japan

Thanks Mr. Clerk for letting me use your hands.  Nice guy.

I have a short, money-matter post for your today. But why would it be short when it’s a finance-related post? Well, the reason this a shorter money-matters post is because it’s SUPER EASY to pay your bills in Japan. From Japanese utility bills to internet to tax payments, taking care of those recurring Japanese bills is as easy as one, two, three...um...four. There aren’t a whole lot of complicated steps required. So we’re just going to dive right into this one. You’ll get a bill in Continue Reading …

What Happens if You Miss A Rent Payment in Japan?

No problem :)

I’m usually quite conscientious about making sure all of my bills get paid on time, even if it means I don’t have a lot of funds leftover. I just hate having debt burdens on my shoulders (DAMN YOU STUDENT LOANS!). There is one instance in recent memory where a silly, unintentional mistake ended up leaving my account just under what I needed to pay my rent. Whenever I get paid, the first things I set aside are my payments for my two student loans and my rent payment, which is 55,000 yen. Continue Reading …