Cheating

Restaurants avoid VAT by calling it "take-away"

Since the law of new closed-system cash registers came into force this summer, it has become impossible for restaurants and others to try to avoid tax by fiddling with the cash registers. But according to Swedish Television News, the latest when it comes to restaurant-owners trying try to trick the tax man, is log the food served in the restaurant as "take-away". Thereby, they can pay a lower VAT, which is 12 % for take-away, instead of the normal 25%.

The tax authority is on to the case, among others by an increased number of unannounced visits in restaurants, Swedish Television reports.