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Borg caught up in tax payment blunder

Borg caught up in tax payment blunder

Published: 16 Sep 2009 15:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Sep 2009 15:56 GMT+02:00

Sweden’s Minister of Finance Anders Borg had some explaining to do on Wednesday when it was revealed he failed to follow new tax rules that he himself had introduced back in 2007.

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) rejected Borg’s filing for the 2008 tax year, claiming he had improperly claimed a deduction for the costs associated with maintaining two residences.

Borg had requested a deduction of 12,240 kronor ($1,770) for increased living expenses, and in so doing failed to abide by changes to the law which he implemented in the autumn of 2007.

“It was a mistake and I can only say I’m sorry. I signed both the tax return and the bill and therefore should have known which rules applied,” he told the TT news agency.

As a result of his mistake, Borg’s tax rebate will be 6,000 kronor lower than he had originally calculated.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:27 September 16, 2009 by peropaco
Honest mistake Borgi-boy.
17:11 September 16, 2009 by Thebinary1
I am sure he would love to quote StrongBad's:

Every time that I look at myself, I can't believe how awesome I am!
19:39 September 16, 2009 by coswede
why doesn't he have those gay rectangle glasses?
07:05 September 17, 2009 by Dazzler
...because he is wearing those, too small for your face, gay oval glasses. :)
13:35 September 17, 2009 by Beynch
This appears to to be reminiscent of the Charlie Rangel (Democrat) fiasco in the US, although Borg's infraction is of considerably smaller magnitude than Rangel's, which is in the millions. Rangel is the Chairman of the `House, Ways and Means Committee`, the authority that writes tax law in the U.S. It is however important for all voters, whether in the US, Sweden, or elsewhere, to let our elected officials know that we're watching them. They are expected to be pictures of honesty and law abiding decorum. When they fail, kick them out!
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