I recently left Japan and subsequently turned in my ARC at the Immigration gate. I was informed by my previous company that I need to pay for 2012 local tax (entire year) because I was a resident in Tokyo as of Jan. 1, 2012. When I spoke about the issue to my friends who also left the country around the same time that I did, it seems they weren't told by their companies that they need to pay local tax for 2012.
A few questions that i have -
- Am I responsible for the local tax for the entire year of 2012 (even though I left the country in April), or for whatever amount up to April only?
- If I don't pay up, will my previous company be contacted by the ward office and be requested to pay on my behalf? (all my previous local tax amt were withdrawn from my payslips automatically).
- Given that I don't pay the 2012 local tax, will I have trouble going to Japan as a visitor in the future?
- Will this affect my application for pension lump-sum withdrawal? I can apply for this immediately after I have left the country, right?
Any help and insight would be appreciated.