Heirs of late Lotte Group chairman near settlement on $1 bn inheritance

2020.07.30 14:30:58 | 2020.07.30 14:31:26

(From left) Shin Kyuk-ho, Shin Dong-bin and Shin Dong-joo이미지 확대

(From left) Shin Kyuk-ho, Shin Dong-bin and Shin Dong-joo

The four children of the late Lotte Group founder and chairman would have to cough up a combined 550 billion won ($377 million) in inheritance tax for the 1-trillion-won estate left by their father.

The taxes would need to be filed by the end of this month as inheritance tax is due six months after the date of death under local laws. Shin Kyuk-ho, founder of Korea’s No. 5 conglomerate with businesses spanning retail, food and hotel in Korea and Japan, died in January at the age of 99.

Of the 450 billion won, 270 billion won would be taxes accounting for Shin’s share holdings in Lotte Group subsidiaries.

Shin owned 3.10 percent of common shares and 14.2 percent of preferred shares in Lotte Corp., the group’s Korean holding company. He held 0.93 percent of Lotte Shopping Co. and 4.48 percent of Lotte Confectionery Co. In Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co., he carried 1.30 percent in common shares and 14.15 percent in preferred shares. He also had a 6.87 percent ownership stake in the non-listed Lotte Property & Development Co.

Shin had stakes in several Lotte units in Japan, where the conglomerate also has a big presence, including 0.45 percent in Lotte Holdings Co., 1.71 percent in LSI, 9.26 percent in Lotte Green Service and 20.0 percent in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan.

Owner family members announced earlier that they had come to an agreement on the distribution of their father’s 6.87 percent stake in Lotte Property & Development. Shin Young-ja, Shin’s eldest daughter and former chair of Lotte Scholarship Foundation, was to receive 3.44 percent. Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin and his elder brother Shin Dong-joo, former chairman of Lotte Holdings, were each given 1.72 percent.

The real size of the inheritance tax, however, would depend largely on the real estate.

Experts have estimated the official land value of Shin’s 1.66-million-square-meter golf course site in Incheon to be around 60 billion won to 70 billion won, with some projecting the assessed value to go up to 450 billion won depending on its usage.

The valuation submitted by the inheritors would be subject to review by the tax agency and other organizations.

By Kang In-seon and Kim Hyo-jin

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