Electronic tax returns beat deadline

With just nine hours to go before the deadline for this year's tax returns, more than 2.9 million people had sent in the necessary documentation in electronic form.

This was up on last year when the tax authorities received 2.7 million e-returns via internet, telephone or text messages.

Electronic tax returns are now close to outnumbering the more traditional paper forms. The tax board reckoned that the number of e-returns would exceed the three million mark by midnight on Wednesday.

Of this year’s 7.2 million tax returns, 42 percent are expected to be sent digitally. For some groups paper is already very much old news.

“For those born between 1974 and 1988 the figure is around 60 percent. With people born in the late 1980s its around 65 percent,” said Kaj Kojer, a business developer at the tax board.

On the other hand, only 25 to 30 percent of people born in the 1930s and 1940s have entered the digital tax return era.

Gender also appears to be a factor, with around 200,000 more women than men going down the electronic route.


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.