a pile of papers on the floor, just inside the door
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Tax declarations have piled up on the floor of the Tax Agency's office at Kungsholmen, in Stockholm, as people have slipped them under or around the door. Credit: Linda Malm/SVT
a person stands outside and puts something through a letter slot at an office building
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This year, the Swedish Tax Agency closed mail slots like these that people had used in years past to drop off their tax declarations. File photo from 2004. Credit: OLA TORKELSSON / TT

As deadline nears, tax returns pile up - literally

3:55 min

Paper tax declarations have been blanketing the floors of entryways to Tax Agency offices at different locations, as people come up against the May 2nd deadline to file their papers.

It used to be that people who wanted to file on paper could drop their declarations through special slots at the agency, but after putting up with all manner of inappropriate stuff being deposited there - from objects on fire, to urine, the agency decided to remove the slots, according to Johan Schauman, a declaration expert at the Tax Agency.

There are many ways to file declarations, including online, via text message, and by post, but some people prefer to hand-deliver their declarations to the Tax Agency.

Filing taxes late incurs a fee, but considering the chaos, the Tax Agency is providing a grace period of one day to people who file on paper, reports SVT. That means that people can file directly at a Tax Agency on Thursday, May 3rd, during office hours, without having to pay a fine. If you want to send your declaration by post without being fined, that's also possible to do as long as you make sure that the post office cancels the stamp today, May 2nd, and that you use the address listed on the form you received.

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