We are a UK registered business conducting a filming project in Japan and one of the freelancers we've engaged has added consumption tax to his invoice, on the advice of his accountant. I've searched multiple sites but can't seem to get a straight answer as to whether this is legitimate or not.
It's stated that consumption tax is applicable for domestic transactions (the work was carried out in Japan, but we are not based there) and specific export scenarios (definitely not applicable to us).
Technically it seems as though we could claim the tax back, but only by engaging a tax advisor and registering for tax in Japan, which is not a viable option for the amounts involved here.
Is anyone able to shed light on the situation here?