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Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 00:55
I left Japan without paying all of my city tax, but returned soon afterwards and went to the ward office to pay in full. They told me I could go to the tax office at any time to file a tax return, but it just occurred to me that my Japanese bank account is frozen (since I am no longer a resident).

I am returning to Japan again soon and intend to file the tax return by myself, but can I use a friend's bank account?
Does the friend need to be physically present, or fill out a form? Or can I just hand over their account details?

Thanks!
by Sophie (guest)  

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 17:34
Are you sure your Japanese bank account is frozen? I moved out of Japan some time ago and still have (and use) my bank account. I just went to the bank, informed them about my new address (in EU) and since then get all communication sent to my new home. No problem at all. When I go back to Japan I still use the account. I also kept my Japanese credit cards (also told them about my new address. No problem there either). I still get paid sometimes money to my Japanese bank account and use it to withdraw while in Japan.
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 18:04
@LikeBike

You're right, Yuucho might not have frozen my account.
However Shinsei froze it when they noticed activity on the account despite me no longer being a resident ( I attempted to send my money home). So I'd rather not rely on Yuucho's incompetence if I can help it.
by PucchoGumi rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 19:41
My husband has his account at Shinsei and also just communicated to them his new address. No problem. Maybe you can speak with shinsei again and get it unfrozen by communicating the new address.

I personally think that money and friends is never a good combination thus Ifd be quite hesitant to get a friend involved. Maybe my personal unrealistic fears.
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 20:17
Nope, I tried talking to Shinsei as soon as they froze it and they told me NO.

And fortunately I have friends that won't steal my money lol
by PucchoGumi rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 21:19
Well I would not necessarily worry about stealing, but friends & money matter donft mix too well, so best avoid it if you can.

Tax return filing needs to be done during a certain time period of the year in Japan, I hope you are aware of that. And also it doesnft always mean you get any tax greturnedh to you.

To have the possible greturnh deposited into someone elsefs account, I believe youfd need to have some kind of power of attorney or a letter to authorize that person to receive that amount on your behalf.
by AK rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 21:33
"Tax return filing needs to be done during a certain time period of the year in Japan"

I was told by the city office that I could file it at any time.

So I guess I'll just go to the tax office and ask in person
by PucchoGumi rate this post as useful

Re: Tax return with a friend's bank account? 2019/6/2 22:04
Oh ok. I was thinking about the annual tax return filing, which is done between Feb. 15 – Mar. 15 (roughly) period for the previous calendar year, but maybe it is different for residents who left Japan in the past year and needs to have some adjustments done. Sorry about my misinformation.
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