It’s that time of year again when the flowers are blomming, birds are singing, and Skatteverket (the Swedish Tax Agency) is awaiting the tax returns of its citizens. And the real irony? Filing taxes is easy. Indeed!
In April, you should have received your Deklaration statement (on pastel yellow paper). It will tell you how much income, capital gains (from stocks/shares) you have that’s officially listed. From this information, Skatteverket tells you how much you owe to the government or if lucky, they owe you.
If you don’t own other shares, houses, or have deductibles then you can file your taxes online, by SMS, phone, or paper. Just this year alone 3,089,286 people filed their taxes online.
To file taxes online you either need e-legitimation (via bankID, Nordea, Telia, Posten) or a pin code which is listed on your declaration papers. Follow the instructions and you will login into your account where you can review all your tax information before accepting it.
2009 was the first time I filed so could only file by paper. That involved signing off on the yellow declaration and mailing it in. I also filled out a form to receive direct deposit to my bank account but Skatteverket must not have received mail. I still received a check that had to be cashed at the bank.
This year, I could file online. That took 5 minutes. Then I went to my online banking and made a transfer to Skatteverket to pay my taxes (damn you Swedish taxes!).
Most likely, unless you own a house or were given shares in your company, you can do a simple, EZ as it’s called in the US, tax file in Sweden.
And don’t forget, if you are a US citizen living abroad, you still have to file taxes in the United States. Oh Joy!