National Jan 30, 2020

Osaka Prefecture city's removal from hometown tax scheme ruled valid

A court Thursday ruled that the government acted lawfully in removing a city that offered extravagant gift incentives to attract tax-deductible donations from the furusato nōzei (hometown tax) program, marking a first in the conflict between the central and local governments over the program. The ...

Donations to quake-hit towns in Hokkaido rose sharply in fiscal 2018

National Sep 3, 2019

Donations to quake-hit towns in Hokkaido rose sharply in fiscal 2018

Donations to three towns in Hokkaido hit by a powerful earthquake last year expanded sharply in fiscal 2018 under the government's furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system, according to local municipalities. Under the plan, which allows taxpayers to contribute to their hometowns or other municipalities ...