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Finance minister 'paid no tax for babysitter'

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09:45 CEST+02:00
One of finance minister Anders Borg's previous babysitters has accused him of paying her cash-in-hand for what she claims was a taxable income. The woman, now 23, says she received 50 kronor per hour, bringing in a total of over 10,000 kronor per year.

The woman, who was a neighbour of the Borgs, says that she often babysat for the family when she was sixteen. She looked after their son on a regular basis, often twice a week, for two and a half hours at a time. Anders Borg did not provide the tax authorities with any details about the payments.

The law states that private persons are obliged to pay payroll tax if an employee earns more than 10,000 kronor per year.

"My ambition has been to obey the law of the land. I am convinced that we have succeeded for the most part," said Borg to Aftonbladet.

The woman, whose name is Jennie, told Expressen that she worked for the Borg family as a nanny. Borg on the other hand is insistent that she was employed as a babysitter.

"I did not have a nanny. I have worked a lot and so has my wife. We have had babysitters.

We have used babysitters quite a lot. If both parents work there is plenty of need for babysitters," Borg told Expressen.

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