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Firms learn to like Swedish tax system

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The proportion of companies that dislike the Swedish tax system has decreased significantly over the last two years, new research has shown.

Companies have also begun to trust the tax authorities more, according to fresh results from a survey of attitudes carried out by the National Tax Board (Skatteverket) every second year. A total of 1,600 companies responded to this year's questionnaire.

The survey showed that there had been one very significant attitude change since 2005: the proportion of companies that dislike the tax system has dropped from 57 percent to 37 percent.

"Clearly a break in the trend. Recent rule changes and the fact that this year's survey was carried out in the middle of an economic boom may be possible explanations," said Tax Board analyst Jan-Erik Bäckman in a statement.

In a similar reversal of a previously negative trend, 60 percent of companies said they had confidence in the Tax Board, an increase of 11 percentage points on figures for 2005.

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