Tax agency ordered to pay for thwarted vacation

Tax agency ordered to pay for thwarted vacation
The Swedish Chancellor of the Justice (Justitiekanslern) has ordered the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to pay a family 13,750 kronor ($1,950) due to an administrative error that thwarted the family's vacation plans.

After the birth of their son, the family sent in file paperwork with the tax agency to register the infant’s name. Five months later when they were at the airport en route to Turkey for a family holiday, they were stopped at check-in since the baby boy – who needed a temporary passport – still hadn’t been listed in the national civil registry.

With their vacation cancelled, the family returned home. Now the Tax Agency must pay damages in the amount of 13,750 kronor for taking to long to process the child’s name registration application, according to a decision from the Chancellor of Justice.

The tax authorities had previously denied the family reimbursement for the incident, which occurred in 2007. The delay in registering the child was explained by the fact that they were waiting for paternity to be established and that the agency was facing a heavy workload.

The Chancellor of the Justice, however, found partially in the favour of the family, and determined they should be reimbursed for half of the 27,495 kronor they lost on the missed vacation.

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