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Tax agency targets e-sporting and online businesses

Published onsdag 15 februari 2017 kl 13.27
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More and more Swedes are spending, and earning, money online. Credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP/TT

As businesses and other taxpayers close the books on 2016, the Swedish Tax Agency is gearing up for filings. This year the agency is stepping up its efforts against tax-cheating businesses online.

As more and more Swedes shop or earn money online, the Tax Agency says it will work to collect what it is owed. In 2017, the agency will have a special focus on certain industries and sources of income – one of them being the digital economy including e-sporting, blogging, and online shopping.

Rebecca Filis, business developer at the Swedish Tax Agency, said one of the challenges of collecting taxes from these types of businesses is that they are often based abroad. 

The regulation is built on having different border lines between nations. But when you are in the cloud, or in this digital economy, you don’t have those borders," she told Radio Sweden.

As part of the special effort against online tax evasion, the Agency will request information directly from major companies about the transactions they have made, Filis said.

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