Tax authorities offer strippers one-time amnesty

Tax authorities offer strippers one-time amnesty
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Swedish tax authorities have written letters to 340 strippers, some of whom still live with their parents, giving the women a one-time chance to pay back taxes owed on income they earned from dancing.

According to Dagens Nyheter (DN), the women are between 18- and 40-years-old and worked for varying lengths of time at clubs which are at the center of a major tax fraud investigation.

The owners of the clubs are among 10 people indicted for tax evasion and money laundering the proceeds from their strip club operations through accounts in the Netherlands and Estonia. The men stand accused of withholding 17.5 million kronor ($2.9 million) in taxes.

Investigators at Sweden’s Bureau of Economic Crimes (EBM) believe the women, many of whom are barely 18-years-old and still living with their parents, may have earned between 30,000 and 50,000 kronor per month dancing at the clubs, up to half of which was hidden from tax authorities.

The Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) is offering the woman a one-time amnesty to make good on their debt to the state.

“We see this as a preventative measure. We’re giving these people a chance to avoid being assessed arrears, which at the same time demonstrates that we follow up on these sorts of cases,” said Skatteverket’s Eva Bergholm Guhnby to DN.

Police first looked suspicious of pimping at strip clubs last summer, making several arrests in October raids. Among those detained were a former police officer, a former professional boxer, and a former stripper.