Agency exploited VAT rules
The Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, which spent more than US$ 2 million on what were described as seminars, conferences and liaising in the past two years, has also bent VAT rules to make restaurant visits cheaper.
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the agency has treated its staff to dinners and reported them as seminars, which have a higher VAT, which the agency was then able to claim back.
That way, the agency has been able to reduce the costs of its representation.
"It is hard for us to determine exactly where to draw the line in this case, it is a borderline case and this is uncertain," Anneli Möller, a lawyer at the Swedish Tax Agency, tells Dagens Nyheter.
Agency spends millions on fine dining
The Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has since 2010 spent more than US$ 2 million on seminars, conferences and liaising with clients, reports the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.