Huge Tax Bill for Internet Alcohol

Sweden’s National Tax Board has started demanding payment from around 6,000 people who failed to pay tax on alcohol purchased over the Internet from suppliers outside Sweden, where taxes on alcohol are often significantly lower than here.

The online drinks buyers will also be faced with a late payment fine of $140 for each order they placed.

Offenders will be sent their bills by post over the coming days, the newspaper ”Dagens Nyheter” reports.

”We want to show that we can find people who buy alcohol in this way,” tax board spokesman Niclas Rönnberg says.

The board tracked down the non-payers by contacting Spanish and German authorities and requesting them to gather order lists from a number of companies selling alcohol online.

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