Saturday, April 25, 2009

SKAT... TAX

Jeg får mange skatspørgsmål fordi alle ved at Danmark har en af højeste inkomstskat i verden. Jeg planlægger at forklare mere om det efter regering har truffet en beslutning på vores nye skattereform.

I receive many tax questions because everyone knows that Denmark has one of the highest income taxes in the world. I plan to explain more about our income tax system after the goverment has made its decision about our new tax reform.

Men ved du om Danmarks MOMS? I Texas betaler du ca. 8.25% MOMS på alt undtagen mad. DOG... i Danmark betaler vi 25% MOMS på alt...inklusiv mad! (Det er ikke 100% sandt siden vi betaler 185% skat på biler!) I dag, hos købmand, betalte jeg 1025,00kr (205 USD) og jeg havde kun 3 poser plus toilet paper! 25% MOMS tvinger os at handle forsigtigt!

But do you know about Denmark´s sales tax? I Texas you pay around 8.25% sales tax on everything except for food. HOWEVER...in Denmark we pay 25% sales tax on everything....including food! (Well, that is not totally true since we pay 185% tax on cars!) Today at the grocery store my bill was 1025,00kroner (205 USD) and I had only 3 bags full plus toilet paper. 25% sales tax forces us to shop carefully!

13 comments:

'Babs' said...

Tell me about it!

I appreciate the idea behind extortionate tax, but in reality...well, raising a family on such a high tithe and getting so little real value in return is not so much fun.

We can only afford real meat (for our boys, we girls are veggie!) about once a week, and we shop very very carefully. There are lots of cheap foodstuffs (including massproduced meats) available here in Denmark, but in all honesty, one might as well eat sawdust off the floor. We have to give our kids good quality food. And the tax on top of that is inhumane.

The tax people also make demands on people who don't earn enough for them. I shouldn't wonder that they will introduce a tax soon for people growing their own vegetables. It is getting that way. They want us to earn, and anyone downsizing is kind of against the system of taxing.

Though, if I agreed with the way the government here handles our money then I suppose I wouldn't mind paying them so much :)

I hope for the day we have a person like Obama in our midst. At least he seems like he cares about real families.

the writer said...

Urgh. Don't remind me of that LOL I have to pay back around 1,000 kr to Skat this year and I can't really complain cos I've got friends who have to pay more than 10,000 kr back!

Amy said...

Sounds very familiar!! In these Scandinavian countries it's almost worth it to drive from store to store to pick up the cheapest bargains..despite the extra gas money you still save a little!!!

Love the new header by the way!!! Have a super day!!!

Paula said...

Dont you just love the irony of how 'skat' also means sweetheart in Danish?

Jesper said...

The sales taxes are insane...but I have to admit did I did not mind paying high taxes when I live in DK! Remember you get free education and health care
back!

June said...

Re Jesper: We will be needing a lot of that free health care if we can barely afford food :) And the health care is not 'FREE' almost 50% in income tax and all other miscellaneous tax.

I like the new header too!

LadyFi said...

Come to Sweden and Denmark will suddenly seem very cheap!

Stephanie said...

Not sure what LadyFi is talking about. We find Sweden much cheaper than in Denmark - especially given that we make our money in Denmark and live in Sweden. Our rent is 60% what it will be in Denmark as is most other stuff.

Mom said...

The taxes do seem extremely high to me. I hope that salaries/income is high to enable families to have what they need. I sometimes complain about income taxes in the U.S. - 15-35%...but our food is not taxed or our medicines. We only tax the items that we have a "choice" to purchase. Food & medicine is a necessity.

the writer said...

agree on Stephanie. With Swedish currency only two third of Danish, we flock to Sweden to shop!

Jacki said...

Oh yeah, I remember the high prices for meats and veggies! After a while I just closed my eyes and handed over the money, you just can't think about it.

And I agree with LadyFi...when we visited Sweden I was astounded at the high prices.

But really, when you think about it, you do get a lot for your tax money in Denmark. Yes, here we only pay like 35% taxes only, but on top of that you have to pay for your own health care, your own education, your own 401K, etc.

Here in the US so many people are forced into bankruptcy and foreclosure just for getting cancer, because they can't afford the $100,000 treatment. Very few people can!

NotQuiteDanish said...

When I first came here I was constantly suffering strokes at the supermarket check outs but I must say, now that i've stopped converting everything into Australian dollars, the pain has lessened. Although it's sort of brain washing. I found myself buying something ridiculously priced but on sale last weekend at Føtex and my first thought was 'gosh that's cheap!' It wasn't but before I shoved my brain back into reality, it was working...

Corinne said...

I nearly fell over when I realized it was costing us a little over $200 per week to feed two people. (Granted, Sverre needs a large amount of calories for the work he does, and he packs lunches so we save that way, but still!) I remember in CA we were eating for around $50 per week. A veggie garden is in our plans for whenever we can move to a gardenable home. Since I've married a carnivore, shopping in Sweden is a must!