Japanese authorities charged Apple 13 billion yen ($98 million) in additional taxes for bulk sales of iPhones and other devices to foreign tourists that were improperly exempted from the consumption tax, APA reports citing Teletrader.
According to a source cited by Nikkei Asia in a report published late on Monday, bulk purchases of iPhones by foreign shoppers were discovered at some Apple stores, with at least one transaction involving an individual buying hundreds of handsets at once, likely for reselling purposes.
Japan's tax-free shopping allows visitors staying for less than six months in the country to purchase items without paying the 10% consumption tax. However, this exemption doesn't apply to purchases meant for reselling. According to Japanese law, stores are responsible for covering unpaid taxes on any purchases failing to meet the requirements that go unnoticed.