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Tax agency swamped with online declarations

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) website struggled to cope on Sunday as large numbers of people filed last minute online declarations, with many greeted with a message to try again in 15 minutes.

Monday is deadline day for the filing of Swedish tax returns and many elect to use the option to declare online. The agency website has however proved ill-equipped to deal with the large number of people out in the eleventh hour.

“There is no technical fault, there are simply too many trying to declare at the same time,” said Kay Kojer at the tax agency.

The problem experienced by those filing their taxes is encountered when people try to log in using their electronic bank identifications and is primarily affecting customers at Swedbank, Danske Bank and Handelsbanken.

Kojer pointed out that 450,000 people declared online in the penultimate day last year, which is typically the busiest of all despite declaration notices having been sent out back in March.

This year the agency expects the number of online declarations to have exceeded 500,000 on Sunday, of which a fifth log in using the electronic bank identification system.

Kojer was keen to stress that people still have the whole of Monday to file their declarations and advises that they just keep trying or use one of the alternative identification methods.

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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.

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