‘Expert tax’ system needs revamping, say experts

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is calling on the government to simplify regulations surrounding its expert tax scheme. The system allows foreign experts, scientists, and key personnel to receive 25 percent of their salary and certain reimbursements tax-free if they meet a number of criteria.

But according to the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise many companies have lost interest in the scheme because of a regulatory framework that is too complicated. The organisation would like to see the introduction of a system closer to that used by Sweden’s Nordic neighbours.

In Denmark and Finland key foreign personnel working in the country on a temporary basis are entitled to a tax reduction if they earn more than around 60,000 kronor per month.

“The government has said that it wants to make things easier for companies,” said Kerstin Nyquist, tax lawyer for the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and a member of the commission that decides whether an expert meets the criteria required for a tax reduction.

“But how do you define whether a person holds a key position?” said Nyquist.

Swedish authorities introduced the system to enable Swedish companies to attract key personnel by putting them on an equal footing with companies in countries with lower tax regimes.


Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.