During 2004, 7,000 individuals were investigated with over 250 million kronor being recovered for previous non-payment of tax. Skatteverket, nevertheless, claims that the majority are not cooking the books.
Over 80% of those not paying tax have a legitimate explanation: some are studying; others are supported by their partner.
“A number have moved abroad,” says Anders Stridh, a spokesperson for Skatteverket.
The review has also uncovered a number of fraudulent unemployment claimants as well as a number of people illegally claiming housing benefit.