Tax Strategy

Basic policy

The SoftBank Corp. Group is striving to implement compliance practices in which each individual executive and employee possesses a strong sense of ethics and responsibility at all times. Within tax governance as well, business activities are conducted in a conscientious manner through responsible actions based on accounting regulations and the “SoftBank Code of Conduct.” In addition to ensuring transparency in taxation matters, we aim to contribute to the growth of the economic society in every country and region that we operate in by complying with the tax laws and regulations in all countries of operation and paying taxes in a way which emphasizes fairness as well as by unequivocally adhering to the BEPS Actions and other forms of international tax compliance.

Taxation risks and the governance system

In addition to engaging in impartial and fair transactions domestically and overseas, we fulfill our responsibilities as a taxpayer while reducing taxation risks through appropriate and rational tax planning. In addition, we will build sound relationships with tax authorities, through constructive dialogue make preliminary inquiries as necessary, and strive to resolve any differences of opinion that may arise through constructive dialogue. A Board Director and CFO is responsible for the management and policies of taxation practices. The tax policy is approved by CFO, a board director, and CFO is responsible for the management of taxation practices.In addition, tax issues that arise in each business are reported to the Audit & Supervisory Board as necessary, and the Audit & Supervisory Board confirms the current status by requesting towards the Independent Auditor for the explanations of tax issues as appropriate.

External advisors are also periodically consulted as part of the examination of taxation risks. We actively maintain the following systems regarding transfer pricing regulations and tax havens particularly with respect to overseas-related transactions.

Compliance with transfer pricing regulations

We comply with the laws and regulations of each country in overseas transactions and take the appropriate measures for tax reform according to OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines and each of the action plans within the BEPS project. To mitigate taxation risks, methods for aggregating information are devised by the addition of the Tax Group in overseas transactions along with verification and documentation that transactions are conducted according to the arm's length principle. In addition, we do not transfer value created to low tax rate countries to avoid taxes. We monitor whether overseas portfolio companies make investments in low tax rate countries, and maintain systems so as to be able to provide the appropriate reporting.

Tax haven compliance

We do not engage in tax planning aimed at tax avoidance such as the use of tax havens through business entities that are not in accordance with business objectives and substance. When investing in countries with lower taxes or when the tax rate is lowered due to legislative amendments in countries or regions where we are developing our businesses, we determine whether tax haven countermeasures are applicable pursuant to the laws and regulations of each country. As a result, we apply tax payment by self-assessment in the event that we are subject to tax haven countermeasures.

Income tax by region (FY2022)

(Millions of Yen)

Country/Regions Names of entities Primary activities Revenue Profit (Loss) before tax Income tax accrued
(excluding tax effect)
Income tax paid Number of employees
Japan Refer to the table below 5,843,065 865,161 251,484 277,784 49,960
Others*1 68,934 (2,293) 6,845 9,957 5,026
Amount on the consolidated financial statements 5,911,999 862,868 258,329 287,741 54,986
  1. *
    Based on the consolidated financial statements for FY2022
  2. *1
    Including results for regions other than Japan and consolidation adjustments

Names of entities and primary activities

Names of entities Primary activities
  • SoftBank Corp.*1
  • Wireless City Planning Inc.
  • SB Mobile Service Corp.
  • SB Power Corp.
  • SB Engineering Corp.
  • IDC Frontier Inc.
  • eMnet Japan. Co. ltd.
  • SB C&S Corp.
  • LY Corporation*2
  • ASKUL Corporation
  • ZOZO, Inc.
  • Ikyu Corporation.
  • ValueCommerce Co., Ltd.
  • PayPay Card Corporation
  • PayPay Bank Corporation
  • LINE Pay Corporation
  • LINE Financial Corporation
  • SB Payment Service Corp.
  • PayPay Securities Corporation
  • SB Technology Corp.
  • Cybertrust Japan Co., Ltd.
  • ITmedia Inc.


Consumer segment:
  • Provision of mobile services to individual customers
  • Provision of broadband services
  • Sale of mobile devices
  • Trading and supply of electric power and provision of electric power trading agency services
Enterprise segment:
  • Provision of mobile services to enterprise customers
  • Provision of fixed-line communications services, such as data communications and fixed-line telephone services
  • Provision of cloud, global, AI/IoT and other solution services
Distribution segment:
  • Provision of products and services addressing ICT, cloud services, IoT solutions and other areas for enterprise customers
  • Provision of mobile and PC peripherals, including accessories, as well as software, IoT products and other items for individual customers
Media & EC segment:
  • Provision of media-related services, such as media and advertising, search, marketing solutions, vertical, content, and stamps
  • Provision of commerce-related services such as shopping services, reuse services, and O2O services
  • Provision of AI, healthcare and other services centered on FinTech
Financial segment:
  • Development and provision of mobile payments and other electronic payment services
  • Provision of credit card, credit card loan, and credit guarantee businesses
  • Provision of payment processing services
  • Provision of online security trading service for smartphones


  • LINE Financial Plus Corporation
  • LINE Plus Corporation


Provision of content services such as games and music distribution, advertising services, and financial services, based on the messenger platform “LINE”


  1. *1
    On October 1, 2023, SoftBank Corp. carried out an absorption-type merger of HAPSMobile Inc.
  2. *2
    On October 1, 2023, Z Holdings Corporation, as the surviving company, completed an intra-group reorganization involving mainly itself and two of its core wholly owned subsidiaries, LINE Corporation and Yahoo Japan Corporation, and changed its trade name to LY Corporation.