Danish Tax Authorities: Massive tax evasion in (Muslim) ghettos

Vlad Tepes - 18 March 2012 - From Nicolai Sennels

They donate money to their mosques, use islamic havala banking, demand interest free Islamic loans and threaten non-Muslims in Western ghettos to pay Islamic jizya. But they do not follow the non-Sharian laws on paying taxes to the non-Islamic state. Translated from Jyllands-Posten, March 11th 2012 "Massive tax evasion in ghettos":

"Revenue has been doing a thorough investigation in 26 residential areas and revealed attempted tax evasion of 40 million kr. (7 million USD). In turns out that in 2011 massive and systematic cheating on taxes has occurred in all 26 residential areas that Revenue has been particularly thorough in investigating.

In 908 cases Revenue noted that either individuals or companies have evaded tax or VAT. It leads to demands for arrears of about 40 million.

Revenue is also investigating whether 139 of the cases should lead to a charge of grossly negligent or deliberate VAT or tax evasion. Finally, Revenue sent 152 cases to the commune because of benefit fraud. For example, 10 fathers had addresses in the same two-bedroom apartment, so their wives featured as single parents, and thereby got higher benefits.

A widespread method among employees to evade tax has been to abuse the so-called TastSelv system (that allows tax payers to set their own tax deduction). A large number of employees in the 26 neighborhoods entered fictitious commuting, employee expenses and maintenance, so that they had to pay much less tax than they should. It was often round figures and deductions were without real substance, says the head of the Tax Administration work project, Erik Rosenbak:

‘Our studies suggest that large deductions for employees in TastSelv is systematic within certain jobs. In other cases, we could see the same behavior in whole families.’

Among the more than 500 companies that have been investigated, it appeared, in some cases that holders received a disability pension or other social services alongside income from running their businesses (which is illegal).

The companies also lied about their turnover. For instance, a pizzeria claimed that its annual turnover was only 80,000 kr. (14,000 USD), but as the pizzeria also had a convenience service with ordering over the Internet, Revenue could see that the pizzeria had had orders for more than 900,000 kroner via the internet alone. This led to large arrears of both tax and VAT.

Revenue’s efforts in the ghettos was initiated in 2011, when Revenue was commissioned to investigate the extent of tax evasion and possible benefit fraud in 26 Danish residential areas, selected by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

These areas are characterized by having many residents who are out of work and with a high proportion of immigrants and their descendants. The previous government called the areas ghettos. The new (Leftist) government will not use the word ghetto, but call them vulnerable neighborhoods.

Minister for Revenue Thor Möger Pedersen (Socialist People’s Party) says of the Tax Administration efforts:

‘I am very negatively surprised by the results. Frankly, it is disturbing and very unsatisfactory that there are such massive problems in complying with laws and regulations on tax, VAT and social services in these 26 critical areas. We will not accept that in some areas of Denmark there exists a kind of parallel economy in which the participants will only reap the benefits of the welfare state, but do not participate in the financing,’ says Minister for Revenue.

Thor Möger Pedersen adds that he got the clear impression from Revenue that it is not because people might not have lived in Denmark for so many years and are therefore ignorant about the law.

‘Revenue are shocked. Evidence suggests that it is not ignorance concerning the rules, but rather deliberate cheating. Regardless of where you were born, you must follow the rules. Tax evasion is antisocial behavior. There is no reason to ignore these problems. An important prerequisite for integration is that we ensure an understanding that black economy and benefit fraud is unacceptable,’ said the minister.

He announces that although the Tax Administration project from the budget from last year has expired, Revenue will still pay extra attention to in the so-called vulnerable neighborhoods.”

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