Builders and other temporary foreign workers could pay tax as part of Finance Minister proposal

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The government will boost funding to several state agencies to root out welfare fraud as well as tweak the tax code to cover more foreign employees who work within Sweden.

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson said an extra SEK 400 million over the next three years will go to state agencies like the Swedish Tax Agency, the Work Environment Authority and the Economic Crime Authority.

Andersson also said the government would change income tax laws covering people who live and work abroad but come to Sweden temporarily for a job. Right now, non-residents working for non-Swedish companies, like construction workers, don't have to pay any Swedish income tax, even if their building site is somewhere in Sweden.

Andersson said on Thursday that this should change. The adjustment is just a proposal but it already exists in other Nordic nations and could bring in an additional SEK 700 million in tax revenue here.

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