On October 29, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the Japanese Ministry of Finance responding to a number of Japanese Consumption Tax proposals that would affect foreign-based suppliers of electronic services. The Institute's comments addressed several areas to be considered if a mandatory registration system for foreign e-commerce providers were created. TEI has submitted comments on this issue in a number of other jurisdictions, including Canada, the European Union, and South Africa.
The letter to the Japanese Ministry of Finance builds on those earlier comments.The letter was prepared under the aegis of TEI's European Indirect Tax Committee, whose chair is Jean-Francois Turgeon of Caterpillar SARL. Materially contributing to the development of TEI's comments were Julien Brugere of Time Warner Inc. and Lynne Clare of Sony Corporate Services Europe Ltd. Daniel B. De Jong of the Institute's legal staff coordinated the development of the Institute's comments.