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Denmark releases foreign-language guides to complex tax system

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Denmark releases foreign-language guides to complex tax system
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10:30 CEST+02:00
Danish tax authority Skat has released new guidelines to the country's tax system in five different languages.

The guides, aimed specifically at foreigners working in the Scandinavian nation, simplify information available to newcomers navigating Denmark’s tax system after taking a job, the agency says.

“We are well aware that Denmark’s tax rules can be complicated if you are not from Denmark. So we have looked into what exactly foreign people working in Denmark particularly need to know and have structured the guide with information in a simple and user-friendly manner,” Anne Dorte Erstad Jørgensen, Skat’s head of digital communication and design, said in a press release.


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The guides, which can be found on Skat’s website, are available in English, German, Romanian, Lithuanian and Polish, which the agency says are the languages most commonly spoken by foreigners working in Denmark.

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Over 200,000 foreign citizens were in paid employment in the Scandinavian country in January 2018, according to the tax authority.

Information in the guides covers topics including how to apply for a personal tax number and tax card; as well as how to register income and deductions and check tax assessment notices.

Users can also read brief practical information on how to set up a bank account, along with the electronic personal keycode known as NemID, essential for accessing many public and private services as well as the tax system.

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“In the new guide you can find short descriptions of what to do when you are heading to [Denmark] to work, are already working here, or about to head home,” Erstad Jørgensen said.

Skat’s guide for foreign workers can be found here and the language selected by clicking the buttons at the top of the page.

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