Foreign Tourists Will Get a Tax Break on Liquor in Japan

sake-brewery-sundays-groceryThe Japanese Ministry of Finance has plans to exempt foreign tourists from paying alcohol tax on beverages purchased from sake breweries and wineries in an effort to promote tourism throughout the country and the consumption of local libations.Foreign visitors are currently free from paying a consumption tax on alcoholic beverages at certain tax-free shops, but the liquor tax is still implemented. When the finance ministry adds the exemption to the tax system revision, tourists can receive the tax break as early as fiscal 2017.However, alcohol purchased tax-free cannot be consumed until the visitor leaves Japan. Records will be checked in order to prevent resale within Japan among other illicit activities. Source: Nikkei