E-Malt.com News article: Japan: Court upholds ruling rejecting petition from Sapporo for return of claimed overpaid taxes
Tokyo High Court on February 12 upheld a lower court ruling rejecting a petition from Sapporo Breweries Ltd. for the return of 11.5 billion yen in what it claims to be overpaid liquor tax on a beer-like beverage product, Nippon.com reported.
In 2013, the Sapporo Holdings Ltd. unit launched Goku Zero as a so-called third-segment beer-like drink, subject to a lower liquor tax rate.
But tax authorities decided that Goku Zero could not be classified into the third-segment category. In 2014, Sapporo relaunched Goku Zero as a "happoshu" quasi-beer product with a higher tax rate.
The company voluntarily paid 11.5 billion yen in liquor tax for the product with the higher tax rate, but an in-house investigation found that it was a third-segment beverage.
After tax authorities turned down Sapporo's request for the return of the tax paid, the company filed a petition with Tokyo District Court in 2017, only to be rejected.
13 February, 2020