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How much residence tax to pay before leaving Japan?

My employer just sent me an email detailing how much residence tax I need to pay before leaving Japan. And it is humongous. If I am leaving say on or before 20th June (can be adjusted), how much tax I need to pay?
My yearly income ~ 5.4 million yen
P.S. I have been living here for around 5.5 years

You should pay all of it. As a new resident, you get all the benefits without paying a single yen for the first year - municipal tax comes in from your second year. The tax you’re being billed now is on the money you earned last year. You could theoretically skip out without paying it, but it might cause issues when you return to Japan, and you would be one of “those” foreigners. The exact amount is determined by your tax return for last year. If you didn’t have many deductions (like dependents, pension plan etc.) then your municipal tax might be quite high.

@CheapoGreg Thanks for your quick answer! :slightly_smiling_face:
How is the municipal tax calculated, may I ask?
As far as I know, if I am in Japan on 1st of Jan of a year, I am required to pay the whole year’s tax i.e from Jan to Dec.
And considering it is 6% of my salary so it should be around 324,000 yen
When I am looking at my pay slips, I see from Jan to April there is deduction for Jyumenzei of 19,900 Yen every month. (i.e the tax is divided throughout the year)
So that would require me to pay around (3,24,000 - 19,900x4) = 244,400
The email mentions payable tax to be 331,200
The breakdown that they gave me, 331,200 = 19,900 (for May since I am leaving in June) + 311,300 (for next year)
So I am wondering did they calculate the residence tax for next year from this June to next year’s May?
Sorry for the confusion, but I am still so puzzled with the calculations…
Any help would be greatly appreciated! :slightly_smiling_face:

P.S Not trying to skip it because I am expecting my lumpsum pension (kosei nenkin) to arrive when I return to my home country :sweat_smile:

I am pasting the exact japanese sentence that was in the email. Again thanks for your help! I really appreciate it!


Wait! Don’t you have to work 25 years in Japan in order to be eligible for Kosei Nenkin?

They have changed that requirement to 10 years now.
And in my case, it’s less than ten years, so in such a case you can ask for lump sum pension withdrawal. The only thing is you will get about only 3 years worth of pension if you ask for lump sum withdrawal, even if you, lets say, stayed here for 9 years or so

Thanks for your reply Adam,

I arrived in 1980. You guys have it 100 times easier than we did. The crap we used to take. Anyways,


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