Anime company ufotable, best known for producing “Fate/Zero”, “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” and “Kimetsu no Yaiba”, has issued an apology on its official website following allegations by the Tokyo National Taxation Bureau for violations of the corporate tax law.
An unofficial translation of the statement reads, “Currently, our company and our representative were accused by the Tokyo National Taxation Bureau for alleged violations of the corporate tax law. We sincerely apologize to all the fans — especially the fans who support our work, for any inconvenience caused.”
The unofficial translation of the statement continues, “Tax returns for August 2015 (September 2014 to August 2015), August 2017 (September 2016 to August 2017), and August 2018 (September 2017 to 2018) were amended and paid in full. We would like to take this opportunity to comply with laws and regulations, and strive to improve our management practices, in order to create a production environment that is sustainable, and to create better works.”
According to details from Mainichi, ufotable doctored declarations of its earnings from merchandise sales as well as from operating its themed cafes and restaurants. A total income of about JPY 446 Million was hidden, while corporate tax of about JPY 110 Million yen and sales tax of about JPY 29 Million yen were not remitted to the government.