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Swedish tax board attacks taxi tax dodge

Loss of income stemming from tax evasion in the taxi industry amounts to 1.5-2 billion kronor per year, according to an investigation carried out by the National Tax Board.

“Our examination has shown that drivers are cheating all over the country but it is most widespread in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö,” said Håkan Asplund in a National Tax Board press release.

Asplund explains how taxi drivers circumvent the tax system.

“The most common form of cheating is for the taxi owner not to put receipts registered in the meter in the books. Cheating is more widespread when it comes to cash payments than it is for card payments or when a journey is billed.”

“This means that to an extent cash payments go straight into the taxi owner’s or driver’s pocket within making it into the books.”

It is also common for drivers to give out a receipt from the card reader but not the meter.

“The sum is then not registered in the meter will not be entered into the books,” said Asplund.

But all is not bleak on the taxi front.

“No, it was pleasing to see that the vast majority of drivers do the right thing. Of the 250 drivers who came under scrutiny in the Mälardalen region more than 90 per cent of drivers showed an income that corresponded to the meter,” said Asplund.

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OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Sweden's government on Tuesday announced plans to bring back ID checks on Sweden's borders. Niels Paarup-Petersen, a Malmö MP, has launched a campaign to stop them.

OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Bringing in ID-checks is illegal, ineffective, and devastating for the labour market in the Öresund region. That the government, despite all this, is pushing ahead with them anyway is almost impossible to understand. 

Once again, the government’s first response to a crisis is to bring back the ID-checks that tear our region in two.

Once again, they’re doing this without giving either the regional government or those operating the transport services a chance to give their input.

Once again, the idea is that Skåne and the Öresund Region should pay the price for solving Sweden’s challenges.

Once again, commuters will have to wait for half an hour at Kastrup. Once again the transport system in Skåne will be wrecked. 

READ ALSO: Sweden to bring back border controls to control Ukraine arrivals

It’s bloody awful, to be frank.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to put the responsibility on transport operators across a Schengen border. The Office of the Chancellor of Justice has come to the same conclusions.

Ukrainians have the right to enter the country, which means that they will not be stopped by the ID controls. If you want to have a better understanding of who is crossing the border, there are still ‘temporary’ border controls in place after six years.

Making the transport operator responsible for ID controls work when applied to ferries and flights, where there is only one place where you can get on or off. When you have continuous traffic, such as with trains or cars, it has a devastating effect on the traffic and on all of the people using them.  

ID checks are completely illegal, unnecessary, and irrational.

Region Skåne, the municipalities in Skåne, and all of my colleagues from Skåne in the national parliament must now all put their feet down. 

ID checks on the Öresund Bridge should not be brought back! 

Niels Paarup-Petersen is an MP representing Malmö for the Centre Party. He was born and grew up in Denmark and has worked for the Öresund Bridge Consortium.

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