The government on Monday officially started accepting income tax returns nationwide. Anyone filing an income tax return must do so by March 17.
As in previous years, the National Tax Agency is encouraging people to file their tax returns online. Helping to promote e-tax applications on Monday morning were actor Hideki Takahashi, his wife and their daughter, freelance TV announcer Masa, who showed up at the Shinagawa tax office in Tokyo.
Anyone who is self-employed, who earned more than 20 million yen in 2014 or who earned more than 200,000 yen outside their regular income in 2014 needs to file a tax return.
Consultation corners have been set up at tax offices to help people file their tax returns.