A Thorough Guide to “Recommended Returns” for Homeowners’ Taxes, which are actually good deals in March. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

A Thorough Guide to “Recommended Returns” for Homeowners’ Taxes, which are actually good deals in March.

It's so much cheaper if you try it! Target priority items only available at this time of the year, and items that have been left out for a reason.

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At the end of the year, when the application deadline is approaching, you rush to apply for your hometown tax return, only to find that the item you are looking for is out of stock or that you have waited too long for the item to arrive. Many of you may have had such experiences. However, if you apply in March, which can be called the “off-season,” you may be able to receive seasonal goods that are not available in winter or goods that are not available in summer. In many ways, it is a win-win situation, as you have a greater chance to obtain popular returned goods that are inundated with applications.

The number of applicants calms down in March, so you have the advantage of being able to take your time in choosing the gifts you want to receive. If you make an advance reservation at this time of the year, it is relatively easy to obtain seasonal foods that would be difficult to obtain if you rush to the market. Especially in the current season, advance reservations have already begun for such highlights as cherries and pine muscats,” said Mai Ueno, editor-in-chief of “Furusato Tax Payment Navi.

In the case of returns from Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, two to three bunches of Shine Muscats for a donation of 10,000 yen will arrive in late August or later. Since these high-end fruits are usually priced at 3,000 yen per bunch even at a fruit and vegetable store, they are a “treasured return gift” that can only be received at this time of year. In addition, scallops, which are very popular among hometown taxpayers, are often sold out at the end of the year for a high return rate. Scallops can be frozen and stored for about a year, so it is better to apply for them while they are still available.

Along with foodstuffs, daily necessities are also popular. The price of daily necessities may rise in the future due to import concerns over the situation in Ukraine and high oil prices, and restrictions may be placed on their purchase.

For example, Oyama City in Tochigi Prefecture is offering as a tax return gift tissues that will be subject to a price increase in March. For example, Oyama City in Tochigi Prefecture offers a box of 60 boxes of tissues for a donation of 12,000 yen, which is quite cost-effective. Ichinoseki City in Iwate Prefecture also offers a return gift of toilet paper, which will also see a price increase. For a donation of 10,000 yen, you will receive 72 rolls,” said Harumi Maruyama, a consumer affairs advisor.

In some cases, after receiving the returned goods, customers can write a review on the portal site and receive additional “extra” items.

For example, Iizuka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, sent 10 packs of drip bag coffee as a first-come, first-served offer to those who wrote a review on “Rakuten Furusato Tax” by the end of March. You can get it. It’s a great deal because you don’t have to go through any additional procedures and can get it just by writing down your impressions,” says Ueno.

If you apply for the “Seasonal Kyoto Vegetables Monthly Regular Course” (12 monthly deliveries, 100,000 yen donation) from Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture, you will receive three packs of local eggs from Kyotanba until the end of March, and if you submit a review until the end of March, you will receive a free egg from the city of Kameoka. The famous “Kyo Habanero Shino Sauce” will be delivered additionally. The regular delivery of the monthly delivery means that there is no need to wonder about subsequent returns, so those who can afford the maximum amount of tax deductions for their hometown tax payment may want to order products that offer many such benefits.

Receive points as well.

As mentioned above, food and daily necessities are by far the most popular items for hometown tax payments, but travel vouchers and facility use certificates are attractive because they allow people to experience things they would not normally be able to. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which has been unable to stop the outflow of taxes to local communities, also offers a popular return gift. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which has not been able to stop the outflow of taxpayer funds to local communities, is also offering a popular return gift.

For a donation of 50,000 yen, you can experience what it is like to fly a Boeing aircraft with the pilot in the cockpit, on the flight route of your choice, and at the time of your choice.

Furusato tax payments can be combined with point systems at various sites to make it even more profitable. One of the best examples of this is Rakuten Furusato Tax. Mr. Kikuchi continues.

The reason why Rakuten is so popular is that it offers a wide range of campaigns to increase points, such as using Rakuten card on days when the numbers 0 and 5 fall on a certain day, or combining the “Shopping Marathon” campaign, which increases the percentage by making purchases at multiple stores within a certain period of time. You can earn even more points by doing so. The range of ways to use the points you earn is also expanding, as you can use them not only to shop at Rakuten Ichiba, but also to make purchases in the real world with Rakuten Pay.

There are various portal sites, including Rakuten, Furu-Navi, and Satofuru, but if you apply through the Saison Point Mall, you can “double up” on points from each site and Saison’s “Eikyufumetsu Points. Akio Iwata, a consumer affairs critic, explains, “If you apply through Saison Point Mall, you can earn both points from each site and Eikyufumetsu points from Saison.

If you donate 10,000 yen or more through “Saison’s Hometown Tax Payment” by March 31, you will receive 10,000 yen by lottery, and if you donate for the first time this year, you will receive 500 yen. You can get an Amazon gift certificate. Eikyufumetsu Points” obtained through the Saison portal alone are highly rewarding, but if you use other hometown tax payment sites via Saison Point Mall and settle your payment with your Saison card, you can earn double points from both sites. Please choose the combination of “Eikyufumetsu Points” that never expire and the points of each portal site that can be used in a wide variety of ways.

Those who have given up applying every year due to the rush at the end of the year, why not try this year starting in March?

*Information as of March 7

From the March 25, 2022 issue of FRIDAY

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