Lone pizza chef defeats tax authorities

Ismail Abdullah, a hard-working pizza chef from near Örebro, has won his case against the tax authorities who could not believe that he had worked alone all year. Sweden's tax authorities argued that he must have had help and taxed him accordingly.

Abdullah operates a small pizzeria in the town of Stora Mellösa near the central Swedish town of Örebro.

He works seven days a week, 365 days a year – not possible, ruled the Swedish tax authorities (Skatteverket) who suspected that he must have had a full-time employee alongside him to lighten the arduous burden.

Skatteverket sent Abdullah a bill for 20,000 kronor ($2,750) for withheld P.A.Y.E and payroll taxes for an employee that he had never had.

Abdullah argued successfully that he was indeed the only pizza baker in his restaurant in Stora Mellösa while admitting that he had received help from apprentices from time to time.

The tax authorities have now withdrawn their demand and have approved the tax declaration submitted by Abdullah who has been left with his confidence in the authorities shaken.

“Everybody trusts that the authorities do the right thing. When some clerk makes a significant mistake of this nature then one loses faith. I have been very disappointed,” Abdullah said to local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda.”