○What is Automobile Tax (Category-based)?
This is a prefectural tax levied on vehicle owners who are registered with the Transport Bureau on April
1st of the given year.
○How much is the Automobile Tax (Category-based)?
The annual amount of tax is calculated in accordance with the vehicle type, purpose of use, total emission
quantity and maximum loading capacity of the vehicle.
The amount of tax will be lower for vehicles which pose a lesser burden on the environment due to lower
emissions and higher fuel efficiency. The Automobile Tax will be reduced for the first year of a new
registration and the normal tax amount will be levied from the next year on.
The amount of tax will be higher for vehicles which have passed a certain number of years from the date
of the first registration (11 years for diesel cars, 13 years for gasoline cars or LPG cars).
○How do you pay?
After receipt of a “vehicle tax notification form”, which is usually sent from the Motor Vehicle Taxation
Office in early May each year, you must pay the tax before the deadline of May 31st.
Please take the notification form to your local bank, post office, convenience store, or supermarket with
an MMK terminal to pay the tax. You can also pay online using a credit card or with apps for smartphones.
○What happens if you miss the deadline?
If you don’t pay by the deadline, you will be charged a "late payment fee".
In accordance with the law, if you fail to pay even after receiving the late payment notice, assets such as
your salary, savings, motor vehicles, and real estate may be seized. Your house may also be searched
during the seizure process.
○What kind of procedures are necessary in the following cases?
・When you sell or transfer your vehicle to a person:
Change the name your vehicle is registered under at the Transport Bureau. If you fail to do so, you may
be liable to pay tax even though you no longer own the vehicle.
・When you change your address:
A tax notice will be sent to the owner's address as listed on the vehicle inspection certificate. If you
move, please ask the Transport Bureau to change your address.
・When you no longer use your vehicle:
Please cancel your vehicle registration at the Transport Bureau. If you fail to do so, you may be liable to
pay tax on your unused vehicle.
○Can the Automobile Tax be reduced?
There is a Automobile tax reduction and exemption system in place for vehicles owned and used by people
with physical disabilities or other disabilities.
For more information, please contact the Prefectural Taxation Office or the Motor Vehicle Taxation Office.
【Contact information regarding Automobile taxes】
Kuwana Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 0594-24-3612
5-71 Chuo-cho, Kuwana City 〒511-8567
Yokkaichi Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 059-352-0575
4-21-5 Shinsho, Yokkaichi City 〒510-8511
Suzuka Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 059-382-8660
5-117 Nishijo, Suzuka City 〒513-0809
Tsu Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 059-223-5020
3-446-34 Sakurabashi, Tsu City 〒514-8567
Matsusaka Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 0598-50-0510
138 Takamachi, Matsusaka City 〒515-0011
Ise Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 0596-27-5127
628-2 Seita-cho, Ise City 〒516-8566
Iga Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 0595-24-8020
2802 Shijuku-cho, Iga City 〒518-8533
Kishu Prefectural Taxation Office TEL 0597-23-3417
1-1 Sakabanishimachi, Owase City 〒519-3695
Mie Prefectural Motor Vehicle Taxation Office TEL 059-253-8057
1190-1 Kumozunagatsune-cho, Tsu City 〒514-0303
【Contact information regarding registration procedures for vehicles】
Chubu District Transport Bureau, Mie Branch TEL 050-5540-2055
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