• Kyodo News


Only a small number of lawmakers used the e-Tax online tax return filing system that cost the government some 50 billion yen, a Kyodo News survey found Wednesday.

Only 15 of the 144 Diet members who responded to a Kyodo questionnaire as of Wednesday said they used the National Tax Agency’s e-Tax, which began running in 2004.

The e-Tax was billed as the centerpiece of the government’s policy of promoting information technology for administrative services. But the system has not gained wide public support, as users must buy a device, which costs about 3,000 yen, for reading an electronic certificate issued by a local government into a computer.

Finance Minister Koji Omi did not reply to the questionnaire but said in a Diet hearing that he has not used the service.

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