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Income Tax in Japan: Selling Shares Offshore

Simply selling shares offshore isn’t sufficient to avoid being taxed in Japan.

If you have lived in Japan for less than five years in the last ten at the point of selling foreign shares, your tax liability on any realized capital gains depends on when the shares were acquired, when they were sold, and how the proceeds were treated.

For example, if you sold any shares in 2020, any realized capital gains will be taxable if:
– the shares were acquired on or after April 1st of 2017, or
– if the proceeds were paid into or remitted into Japan.

For your individual case, or for the preparation of your tax return, please feel free to contact us.

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