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Tax agency grants day’s grace

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has extended the deadline for the submission of tax returns for those unable to file online on Monday after the system proved unable to cope with the high demand.

In the hours before the deadline on Monday evening many people had difficulty logging in using their electronic bank identifications and primarily affected customers of Swedbank, Danske Bank and Handelsbanken.

“Just as on Sunday night it has been difficult for many people to log in using their bank identification. It is a question of capacity, the servers for the bank-ID do not have the capacity when a large number of people try to use it simultaneously,” said Erik Boman at the agency.

Boman suggested that all those unable to log in should follow the instructions in the error message and try again later.

The agency has now extended the deadline until the end of Tuesday to enable any that are still unable to log in and file their taxes online can hand them in manually.

“If you tried to submit your declaration this evening (Monday) and have not succeeded then no late filing charge will be levied if it is handed in tomorrow. We are also able to see if you have made an attempt,” Erik Boman said.

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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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