Linus Dunker, a Swedish crypto trader, was shocked to receive a bill for almost $1 million from the Swedish Tax Agency, claiming that the tax demand is “unreasonable.” The case is one of a growing number of cryptocurrency-related cases being taken up by the agency, with several bitcoin traders receiving tax bills for millions of Swedish kronor since last year.
The STA has increasingly indicated an interest in prosecuting cryptocurrency cases since crypto trading attained popularity in the country. In 2018 alone, the STA opened investigations into the activities of up to 400 Swedish crypto traders – 10 times more than the previous year. STA control coordinator Henrik Kisterud says that last year’s results, which brought to light a number of “unrecognized activities,” would result in more resources being allocated to crypto investigations this year.
According to Dunkers, the STA’s tax demands are “unreasonable” because he is being charged 300 percent of his total profits. Between 2014 and 2016, he traded bitcoin worth SEK 25 million (~$2.75) million and made a moderate profit. Now, the tax agency is taxing Dunkers’ profits at the enhanced rate because he did not deduct the price of his initial bitcoin purchase, which was paid in cash. The STA says that, by law, this makes his tax burden higher.