May 01, 2008

Rain and taxes

Today worked out to be a double holiday in Sweden-- Ascension Day and International Worker's Day. Something for all tastes and something perhaps uniquely Swedish, having a publicly sanctioned combination religious/socialist day. We celebrated by doing the laundry and dishes and buying food, and I worked out my taxes. In Sweden it works like this: the state sends you a form with all the information filled in, like your salary, interest and mortgage information, taxes paid and so on. Everything on my form was correct, so I sent a text message back to the state. About 5 seconds later I got a message back acknowledging receipt of my tax return and stating that they will transfer my refund into my bank account. It's been raining today and after taxes I went for a nice half-hour bike ride in the rain and saw lots of trees blooming and some rabbits and hares.


At May 01, 2008 5:40 PM , Blogger reverend dick said...

what's the difference between a rabbit and a hare?

At May 01, 2008 6:15 PM , Blogger rigtenzin said...

The Swedish tax system is way too simple.

At May 01, 2008 9:52 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Hares have bigger feet and bigger ears, and run faster. Are related to snowshoe hares and jackalopes. Hares are solitary except in the spring when they get together to box. Rabbits are just bunnies, hang out in groups, live in burrows.

What the Swedish tax system lacks in complexity it makes up for in expense. But that doesn't bother me, all I have in Sweden is mortgage debt. The Danish tax bill, where I work, is much worse and more complex to boot.

At May 02, 2008 7:54 PM , Blogger Papa Twister said...

Music books and a pound of Trader Joe's milk chocolate are in the mail. The chocolate was imported to Trader Joe's from Belgiam, so this will be its second trip across the Atlantic. The music books: 2 of them I'm pretty sure are yours. I'm pretty sure that there was a 3rd one that was yours, but it has disappeared, so I threw in another 60/70s rock book of unknown origin.


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