Tax collectors back with a vengeance

Tax authorities’ increasing success collecting back taxes is an indication that tax collectors are being too aggressive when they approach debtors, according to critical tax lawyers.

Tax agency Skat says it was able to collect 1.3 billion kroner in back taxes by freezing the accounts of 99,000 people last year  – double the number in 2008 – thanks to increased efficiency.

Martin Franck, an attorney working for a charity, said in some cases Skat has garnished so much money from people’s wages each month that they wind up having to pay more each month than they earn.

Other critics said it seemed tax collectors were making up for lost time after a period when relatively few back taxes were collected. 

 Erhverv & Økonomi

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