Two Swedes charged in Denmark for tax agency blast

Two Swedish nationals were charged on Monday over a bomb blast last year targeting the tax authority in Denmark's capital, prosecutors said, calling the action "terror-like."

Two Swedes charged in Denmark for tax agency blast
The offices of Denmark's tax agency after last year's attack. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
The charges relate to an explosion in August 2019 that rocked Denmark's tax agency's main office in Copenhagen.
“An attack on the Danish Tax Agency is an attack on us all, and therefore this is a particularly serious case,” state prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas said in a statement. 
The blast smashed windows and tore apart the front of the building in Copenhagen's Osterbro neighbourhood.
One person was hit by flying fragments and sought treatment at a hospital. Two people were inside the agency at the time of the explosion but escaped injury.
According to the prosecutor's office, the two men, aged 22 and 23, had planned the attack, either alone or together with unidentified perpetrators.   
The men are accused of driving a car from the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, transporting the bomb, to the tax office and then detonating the device on August 6, 2019.
“Fortunately, no one was injured, but the prosecution service is of the opinion that the offence is so serious it amounts to a terror-like action, and the punishment should therefore be increased,” Nilas said.
If convicted, the men could face up to a life sentence in prison.
In November of 2019, Denmark, concerned about increased violence in Sweden, introduced temporary controls at its  order with its Nordic neighbour in an attempt to stop people connected to organised crime or terrorism from entering the country.

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Danish customers face VAT charges on all non-EU purchases

All goods bought outside the EU will be subject to Value Added Tax in Denmark from July 1st.

Danish customers face VAT charges on all non-EU purchases
Packages in process at a Danish depot. Photo:Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

A decision by the EU to scrap an exemption for low-value items mean that all purchases outside the bloc will now have VAT (moms in Danish) applied.

Under current rules, purchases of under 80 kroner (10 euros) do not qualify for VAT on import to Denmark, but that will no longer apply from July.

This means that anything purchased from, for example, China, the United States or United Kingdom on websites like Amazon and EBay will have VAT added to the price, no matter how small.

The Danish Customs Agency (Toldstyrelsen) said it was working to increase awareness of the incoming change amongst Danish consumers.

A recent YouGov survey, conducted on the agency’s behalf, found that 79 percent of 750 people were unaware of the impending extra VAT charges.

That proportion would correspond to over three million consumers across the entire population.

“It’s a real shame to be left with an extra bill if you think you’ve got a bargain. We want to help consumers avoid this,” said Annette Hove Nielsen, a section leader with the Danish Customs Agency responsible for customs checks on incoming packages at Copenhagen Airport.

Nielsen also directed consumers to the agency’s information page undgå

Foreign residents in Denmark, particularly those from non-EU countries (including the UK since the beginning of 2021) may be more likely to have experienced VAT charges on parcels sent from abroad.

But those charges have previously only been applied in items worth over 80 kroner.

Goods purchased outside of the EU are subject to VAT at 25 percent of the purchase price. Postage and shipping charges are also generally applicable.

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