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Bildt in tax probe over nanny’s fees

Bildt in tax probe over nanny’s fees

Published: 21 Nov 2009 08:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2009 08:55 GMT+01:00

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt and his wife EU parliamentarian Anna Maria Corazza Bildt have been reprimanded by the Swedish tax authority for dodging payments for their Ukrainian nanny.

According to newspaper Aftonbladet, the Bildts have not paid employer contribution fees or preliminary tax for the 47-year-old woman whose salary for the tax year 2008 amounted to around 8,000 kronor ($1,152) per month.

Since being employed by the couple, the nanny has not declared her income to Swedish authorities either.

When details of the situation emerged last year, Carl Bildt claimed that payments for the nanny's services had been made in Italy and were in order.

Further to the allegations, the Swedish tax authority (Skatteverket) decided to investigate the case.

Since the woman is registered at the same address as the couple they concluded that she is obliged to pay taxes in Sweden.

For the 2007 tax year the nanny was liable for taxes amounting to 100,000 kronor ($14,410) in addition to employer contribution payments the Bildt’s should have paid.

“It is a complicated situation,” Corazza Bildt told Aftonbladet. “But if we have made a mistake we will, of course, pay and make it right.”

Cecilia Johnson Tidu, Skatteverket’s handling office in the case, says all responsibility lies with the Bildts.

“The employer has responsibility to report income statements to Skatteverket, pay preliminary tax as well as national insurance fees for their employee.”

TT/Christine Demsteader (news@thelocal.se)

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15:58 November 21, 2009 by dogbasket
Here we go again. Aftonbladet has a personal agenda against Carl Bildt. Same socialist trash the whole time. The Local would do better without repeating such awful so-called journalism.

This story was up a few months ago, and seems to revolve around in which country the nanny spends more than 181 days of the year. As far as I understand, she spends less than six months of the year in Sweden, which is why she is declared and taxed in another European country than Sweden. Carl Bildt and his wife do not spend Sunday afternoons around the kitchen table filling in tax forms. Instead, they employ one of Sweden's top fiscal and accounting firms to take care of their tax returns and legalities.

Seems like the tax authorities dislike the argument about where the nanny spends most of her time. Probably some hard-line socialist at Skatteverket who examined the file. In the meantime, please give us a break with such so-called news items.
18:54 November 21, 2009 by Alma
Where's there smoke, there's fire.

Mr. Carl Bildt has been involved in one too many controversies.
19:39 November 21, 2009 by ingvar
How greedy, arrogant and impudent one should be to "forget" about these minor tax issues being such a public person as a minister. This clearly demonstrates what your politicians really think about you Swedish people.
20:05 November 21, 2009 by dogbasket
Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet and Expressen have now removed the "story" from their net editions. Aftonbladet has moved it way, way down.

So much for that spectacular piece of news. Cheers.
03:44 November 22, 2009 by Great Scott
Same old story, the filthy stinking rich Tories trying to play innocent. This guy and his side kicks are nothing short of pathetic. Own up and be honest, woops criminals never do this.
11:59 November 22, 2009 by glamshek
Mr.Bildt has been involved in controversies with Israel. Bildt should keep his head down when dealing with Israel.
13:04 November 23, 2009 by Beynch
While this type of offense is considerably more common amongst the social democrats, in the U.S. officials lose ther position over this. The story doezs not reveal if the nanny is an illegal alien or a legal one. In either case, pay up Bildt, or resign!
20:26 November 23, 2009 by Flaav33
I do not get what Israel has to do with tax fraude and taking advantage of Eastern Europeans...Nobody over here cares about Israel...

Another thing: it is not a problem that this person did not pay his taxes...the problem is that he should get the highes fine possible for taxfraude and exploitation. Rich people in Sweden pay their au-pairs 3500 sek per month. A nanny that has a legal contract and works at least 8 h a day should get the minimum salary like everyone else.
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