July 27, 2016

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So Sweden has high taxes? Not as high as you might think (The Local, 26 Jul 2016)
 
Swedes could celebrate 'Tax Freedom Day' - the day they stopped working for the state and started working for themselves - on June 22nd this year, two days before they celebrated Midsummer's Eve, according to a study of EU countries by the Institut Economique Molinari, a Franco-Belgian research institute. 
 
By contrast, the French won't be able to mark the occasion until this Friday, more than a month later. The Italians, Greeks, Germans, Hungarians, Austrians and Belgians also all work longer than the Swedes to pay their dues to the state. 
 
And things have gone in the right direction for those Swedes who want to pay less tax: in 2010, they weren't 'free' from taxes until July 1st. The tax cutting centre right government helped move that date forward nine days, before the centre-left government that took power in 2014 pushed it back one day later. 
 
In some other countries, including France, Austria and Italy, people spend considerably more time working for the taxman than in 2010.

Posted by at July 27, 2016 7:22 PM

  

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