Taxation of my daughter

The other day I got a letter from the Swedish Tax Authority in regards to taxation of my daughter Emilia.

This is Emilia.

A picture of Emilia

Emilia is four years old, just an innocent child. But apparently the Tax Authority thinks she’s a little finance shark, and deemed that she owned them money.

Apparently, Emilia made 5 Swedish kronor last year (approximately US$0.76), and they taxed her for 2 Swedish kronor (US$0.30). Also, she has no way of reclaiming this tax, since the Tax Authority only make payments of sums of 100 kronor (US$15.20). I have a few questions about that:

  • Isn’t the tax level a bit high for a four-year old child?
  • How much did the postage stamp cost for sending us this letter with the information?
  • How come the authority has the right to take money, and keep them till the sum is high enough to reach their return payments limit?


  • Andreas says:

    This is hilarious but it also a shame for swedish authorities and all the money they waste.

  • Andreas says:

    How the hell did they know she made 5 kr? Isnt childwork illegal in this country?

  • Bramus! says:

    Now this is just absurd! Hoping that someone placed at those levels/that department eventually will read this and see that they're doin' it wrong.

  • Jens Meiert says:

    Awesome πŸ˜€ Will you please make sure that your countries' authorities get their money, Robert? πŸ˜‰

  • Jonas says:

    That is exactly what happened to my 2 year old son yesterday. Welcome to Sweden.

  • David Read says:

    Similar thing happened to me in the US. My son was taxed on an overpayment on his education savings. Due to this, I had to fill out a tax return for a 3 year old.

    Don't mind paying the penalty but a tax return for a 3 year old?

  • Never heard of anything like this, totally bizarre!

  • Rey Bango says:

    They're recouping the cost of mandating the 3 months vacation that you took just recently! πŸ˜‰

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Well, I think was interest in a bank account.


    We're right on it. πŸ™‚

    Jonas, David,

    Oh, interesting! I kinda thought it would happen to others as well…


    Ha ha ha! πŸ˜€

  • Peter Purmonen says:

    Same shit here, my six-year-old son Hannes got a letter as well, telling him the government owns him the blinding amount of SEK 37.00!

    I had no idea he'd done his taxation on his own AND in time this year, maybe he's a wizkid disguised as a Pokemon fan?

    Personally, I think we should give the 37 away to charity. To the U.S financial market perhaps…

  • Jenny says:

    Awww, Emilia is so cute ^_^

  • Robert Nyman says:


    See, they're on to our kids! πŸ™‚

    With your comment, does that mean that Hannes' dad isn't as good ad taxating in time? πŸ˜‰


    Thank you, I think so too! πŸ˜€

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