Stamp duty ( = Inshi zei = 印紙税 )…

Saving of stamp duty in Japan

When you purchase real estate in Japan, realtor will make real estate sales contract.

On this contract, buyer and seller attach, paste revenue stamp ( 収入印紙= Shuu nyuu Inshi ).

Buyer and seller or realtor go to post office to buy revenue stamp and after they receive stamp, they paste the stamp on the contract and affix seal on the revenue stamp, called Keshi in ( 消印 ).

Please find picture below.

revenue stamp on sales contract of real estate in Japan

revenue stamp on sales contract of real estate in Japan

The amount of stamp duty is different from sales price.
( there is tax reduction until 2018. These figures reflect this tax reduction.)

   Described sales amount Tax amount
 From $10,001 to $50000  $10
 From $50001 to $100,000  $50
 From $100,001  to $500,000 $100
 From $500,001 to $1,000,000 $300

So, as for this real estate, sales price is $146,000,  buyer and seller have to buy revenue stamp of $100.

This duty does not affect validity of sales contract itself.

But, if persons do not attach  revenue stamp, and if tax office notices the negligence,  persons have to pay 3 times amount as penalty. In this case, it is $300.

And when persons attached  revenue stamp but did not  affix seal and signature on the stamp, persons have to pay same amount to stipulated as penalty. In this case, it is $100.

Revenue stamp is also required as for receipt.

When buyer pays purchase money to seller and seller receives it, seller will issue receipt ( Ryo shu sho = 領収書 ) to buyer.

And when the seller engages in the transaction as business, seller has to paste revenue stamp on receipt.

So, when the seller is company or entrepreneur, she has to paste revenue stamp on receipt.

The amount of revenue stamp is different from sales price.

When the sales price is less than 50,000 yen tax exemption
from 50,000 yen less than 1 million yen 200 yen
more than 1 million yen less than 2 million yen 400 yen
more than 2 million yen less than 3 million yen 600 yen
more than 3 million yen less than 5 million yen 1,000 yen
more than 5 million yen less than 10 million yen 2,000 yen


more than 10 million yen, less than 20 million yen 4,000 yen
more than 20 million yen, less than 30 million yen 6,000 yen
more than 30 million yen, less than 50 million yen 10,000 yen
more than 50 million yen, less than 100 million yen 20,000 yen


Realtor may make 2 sheets of contract paper and Buyer and seller sign their address, name and affix seal and each person will keep original paper.

However even if they make one original paper, it is not problem. In that case, seller will keep photocopy and purchaser will keep original one.

In this way, they can save amount of stamp duty.


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