Tax Office Struggling with Deficits

The Swedish tax authority is struggling with deficits, and will have to lay off over a thousand of its staff, Swedish Radio reports. Without another 56 million US dollars annually, the Tax Office would have to lay off one in five of its employees, according to its own calculations.

Ingemar Hansson, general director at the Tax Office, tells Swedish Radio News that part of the problem is the increased work load following various new tax rebates. But trade union representatives blame expensive it-investments and the fact that several tax offices have had to close, leading to additional retirement-payments.