17 May 2000 TordJ   » (Master)

The Swedish tax authorities must be one of the worst bureaucracies in the world. Listen to this:

I was supposed to have filled out my taxform weeks ago but I still haven't received all the papers I need from them. The problem is that they have the wrong address in their registers. I moved about one and a half year ago and then I filled out all the necessary forms and payed the cost. However, something got wrong so the tax authorities (who keeps the central address register for all government subsidaries) did not get my new address. I didn't really notice and everything was ok for about a year since that's how long they kept on redirecting my mail and after that most companies and people I get letters from had my new address so I though everything was ok. Apparently not.

You are supposed to get your taxform a few months ahead of the date that you are required to have it sent in, but I didn't. About a week before that date I called the tax authorities, got it verified that they indead had my wrong address, but since it involves certain costs and some work to get it straight I decided to not correct it since I'm going to move again in a month or two (and who knows what kind of trouble it could get me if I send in two changes within a short time?). Besides, I needed that form NOW, not after the changes had taken effect so I asked them to send my taxform to my new address instead, "no problem they replied, we'll send it right away".

10 days later I had still not received it. I suspected that they had sent it to the old address so I called them up again, explained the problem and asked them to send a new copy and really make sure that it was sent to my new address. I also asked if I still had to pay the extra premium for sending it in late although it was their fault and got the answer "I'm affraid so, sorry!". :(

That taxform arrived just a day later and when I sat down that evening to fill it in, I discovered that I needed form K1 as well (not enclosed) since I had made some "reavinst" (realisation profit) from the sale of some stock options. A few days later (was quite busy) I called in and asked them to send it to my new address. It didn't arrive. I called them up again, asked them to send it again but PLEASE MAKE SURE IT GOES TO MY NEW ADDRESS!

I received it yesterday, only to discover that I also need form K4 and K10 since I sold "unlisted stock or stockoptions" (which my taxform didn't say anything about). Arrrggghhh!!!!!

Called them and ordered those two forms today, tried to explain in a gentle way that they need to make sure that they get to my new address, hope they got it...

Besidesthat and my allergy which still is bad, things are very good. Mia, my girfriend, is coming over tomorrow and will stay for about two weeks during which time I will quit my work here at UDS and we will go down to Malmö to start searching for an appartment. Then we will go back to Lahti (the town in Finland where Mia and her relatives live) in a hurry to attend her brothers graduation. In other words, these two weeks will probably be very nice, but hectic.

As you probably allready understand, this means that I will just have very little of time for BladeEnc during the next two and a half weeks, but after that I'll probably have at least a week with nothing planned. Until then I will probably just be answering e-mails and maybe release a new unstable since I received new code changes from Andre that will need some testing...

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