10% consumption tax rate “Introduction of reduced tax rate” for the first time October 1 at 00:43
In line with this increase in the consumption tax rate, the “reduced tax rate” system was first introduced.
Under this system, the tax rate will remain unchanged at 8%, with the exception of “beverages excluding alcoholic beverages and eating out” and “newspapers issued more than once a week with a subscription contract”. By keeping the tax rate for daily necessities, the aim is to alleviate the increased burden on households due to the tax increase.
However, there are concerns that accounting will be confused because the introduction of reduced tax rates will result in products with different tax rates. For this reason, supermarkets and convenience stores have been working to introduce cash registers that can handle two tax rates at the time of accounting, or to replace them with new price tags so that products with reduced tax rates can be seen.
In addition, it has been pointed out that the demarcation of the range to which the reduced tax rate is applied is difficult to understand, and in particular, it is difficult to handle “dining out”.
For example, even if you buy the same hamburger at a fast food restaurant, if you eat it in the restaurant, you will get a tax rate of 10% for “dining out”, but if you take it home, you will get a tax rate of 8%.
Many stores that have “eat-in corners” at convenience stores, etc., decide where to eat by “self-assessment” of consumers at the time of accounting, but say “takeaway” at the time of accounting There is a concern that some people will be eating and drinking after buying at 8%.