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Finance minister admits making cash-in-hand payments

Published tisdag 17 oktober 2006 kl 11.24
Finance Minister Anders Borg on his way to presenting the budget

Sweden’s new finance minister has admitted not informing the country’s tax authorities about hiring household help in the past. Anders Borg is the third minister to do so since the new centre-right government was formed earlier this month, and the revelations surrounding Foreign Trade Minister Maria Borelius and Culture Minister Cecilia Stegö Chilò partly led to their resignations.

Tabloids had reported that a woman claimed to have worked for Anders Borg illegally as a nanny seven years ago, but the minister says he doesn’t believe she earnt enough money across the year for him to have to declare it.

On Tuesday afternoon he also admitted hiring cleaners in the same fashion between 1997 and 1999. Anders Borg says it was a serious mistake, but he does not intend to resign.

Meanwhile migration minister Tobias Billström, who along with Maria Borelius and Cecilia Stegö Chilo is facing legal proceedings for not paying his TV licence, has said he doesn’t plan to quit his post. In an interview with Swedish Radio he said it is not like he has been convicted of a crime.

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