Loss Carried Forward
The amount of carried forward loss a company can use has been extended from 7 years to 9 years in 2012. In order to apply, you are required to submit the blue form notification to the tax authorities and your capital amount needs to be below the threshold of medium and small size company defined in the Japanese tax code. The balance outstanding for carried forward losses are included in every year’s tax return so please make sure your tax accountant is submitting them correctly. Besides maximizing the usage of carried forward losses for deductible losses, there is a way to apply for refund as well, so consult with your tax accountant if you are in a position to do so.