The British School in Tokyo is a non-profit institution and tuition fees alone do not cover the cost of educating each student. Gifts to BST allow us to continue offering the many academic, sports and cultural programs that have contributed to our “Excellent” grading by the independent Schools Inspectorate.
In recent years corporate and individual contributions have helped us to expand the school, refurbish and upgrade facilities at both campuses, and introduce a number of bursaries for eligible families who are not able to afford the full tuition fees. In order to continue expanding these programmes, and guarantee our continued success, we depend on the generosity of our school community.
Making Gifts in Japanese Yen
As the British School in Tokyo is directly attached to Japanese private schools at both Shibuya and Showa campuses, the school holds the status of a Gakko Hojin under their ‘umbrellas’. The school also enjoys the status of Tokutei Koeki Zoshin Hojin (Special Public Interest Promotion Organization).
Under current Japanese tax law both individuals and corporations can take advantage of charitable contribution deductions made to schools holding the above status. This provision renders Yen gifts, over ¥2,000 and not exceeding 40% of taxable income from individuals, eligible for tax deductibility. Corporations will be able to give twice the amount that is allowed for normal tax-deductible donations.
There are two ways in which this can be applied:
- Your donation may be deducted from your taxable income in Japan.
- Alternatively, your donation may be deducted from your income tax, after its calculation.
The choice of above method can be made when filing your tax return. It is recommended that you consult your tax advisor.
Please contact the development office firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take advantage of this way to give to BST.
Corporate Contribution Programme / Donation Plan
What is the Corporate Contribution Programme?
The Corporate Contribution Programme (CCP) is a potentially cost effective alternative to paying Tuition fees and the income taxes that are assessed on those fees.
Is it approved for tax purposes?
Under an agreement with the National Taxation Agency, established in 1978 by the American School in Japan, the CCP is available to companies and organisations that would ordinarily take responsibility for covering educational expenses for their foreign employees’ children. In subsequent guidance the National Taxation Agency extended approval of the CCP to some of the main international schools in Japan. Currently around ten schools including The British School in Tokyo operate this programme. The British School in Tokyo is also one of the founder members of the registered CCP Association.
How does it work for the Company?
Under the authorised agreement corporations that participate in the CCP by making an agreed donation enable the school to fund special corporate scholarships which are awarded to the dependent children of the companies’ employees. These scholarships are not taxable as personal income in Japan and so the corporations avoid the substantial grossing up tax impact that would arise if they paid, or reimbursed, regular tuition fees which are regarded as a taxable benefit. The precise tax savings are contingent on the employee’s income and other considerations, and can be analysed only by those in the company who are most familiar with the employee’s tax status, or their tax advisors.
How does it support the School?
By participating in the programme, corporations provide additional income to the school at no additional cost to the company. This additional income provides the school with funding for continued improvement of facilities and investment in teaching and other resources to ensure the continuation of an excellent education provided for all the students.
Which organisations can participate?
Organisations which have foreign employees with children in the British School in Tokyo, and are not foreign government offices (Embassies and Ministry representative offices), may join the programme. The number of children attending the school is not a deciding factor so it may be possible with only one student, or equally possible with several students from different families.
What are the steps to join the CCP?
If a company wishes to join the CCP or requires further information, the first step is to contact the Development Office by email to email@example.com or alternatively to print out and complete the simple application form here and send it by email to the address above, by fax to 03-3411-4216 or post it to: William Carson, Development Office, The British School in Tokyo-Showa, Showa Women’s University 5th Building, 1-7-57 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8533, JAPAN.