Chikushi's heirs hit for tax dodge

Kyodo -- The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has concluded that the family of famed journalist Tetsuya Chikushi failed to declare about ¥70 million in taxable inheritance from him, sources said Thursday.

The bureau suspects the family attempted to conceal part of the sum and has imposed about ¥12 million in additional tax — including a penalty — on the family, they said.

The family has already revised its inheritance tax declaration, the sources said.

Chikushi died at the age of 73 in November 2008 after serving as a reporter and a magazine editor at the Asahi Shimbun Co. and as a newscaster for Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

The sources said the family failed to declare some ¥30 million in inheritance in Japan and ¥40 million left at an overseas bank account in proceeds from the sale of a New York property Chikushi bought when working as an Asahi Shimbun correspondent in the United States.

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