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    File photo of Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee leaving with his daughters after touring the Samsung booth at the CES in Las VegaBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – The heirs of ailing Samsung Group patriarch Lee Kun-hee face one of the biggest inheritance tax bills ever, and appear to have little option but to pay up. By some calculations, Lee's 45-year-old son Jay Y. Lee, the group's presumed heir apparent, and his two sisters could be on the hook for about $6 billion in tax under South Korea's top level inheritance tax rate of 50 percent. The elder Lee's assets, held mostly in shares of Samsung Electronics , the world's dominant smartphone maker, and Samsung Life Insurance , have a market value of around 13 trillion won ($12.7 billion). “The typical strategy is to adjust the amount of assets before death, take advantage of deductibles that are legally permitted or gift assets to push down the inheritance tax bill in advance.

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