Man hit with tax bill over secret LinkedIn job

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Rachael Power
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Social media is proving to be somewhat of a hotbed of leads for financial authorities across the world, and this most recent case is one solid example.

The Swedish revenue recently issued a man with $750,000 (£494,000) fine after they discovered he posted details of an undeclared job on his LinkedIn profile.

An anonymous letter tipped off the country's financial crimes unit to the 47-year-old man’s affairs, which sparked an investigation into...

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04th Jun 2013 10:50

But it was "tipped off"

So it was a jealous neighbour or someone with a grudge, not the authorities themselves who initiated the enquiry.

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05th Jun 2013 11:12

Tipped off

That's hardly surprising. I don't think most tax authorities could find their out of a paper bag, except for helping people run tax avoidance schemes and assisting large corporations to avoid £7BN worth of Corporation Tax. Never mind, what's a few quid between friends.

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05th Jun 2013 11:13


Tipped off or not, Social Media are nightmares in progress. Do you really need them? I joined Linkedin in 2003 and quickly realised that it wasn't just a business contact site. I haven't used it since and I don't think that I've missed anything.

In the early 90s, HMRC were caught out by World in Action as the country's biggest user of illegal bugging devices. They really don't need them now that they have Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin et al.

I've just ressurected my Nokia 6310i. It makes phone calls and does SMS. I have regained time, sanity and security since I dumped the not-so-smart phone.


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05th Jun 2013 11:58

Last straw
Methinks the silver Porsche 996 Turbo was the last straw for the neighbour.

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By waltere
05th Jun 2013 12:26

It's a fair cop...
"The Swedish case does act as a prompt to double-check if you have anything on your profile that could catch you out." Mark Lee

Shame on you, Mark!  Isn't that a bit like saying "If you plan to rob a bank, do make sure you wear a stocking over your head."?  This guy's error wasn't that he left a trail on LinkedIn, it was that he had defrauded the Swedish revenue (and therefore the Swedish people) out of tax that was legitimately due.  "Det är en rättvis cop" as they (probably don't) say in Swedish!

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05th Jun 2013 13:15

Grassing up your neighbour

May I advise that the reason why he was caught is because someone "grassed him" to the authorities, a bit like people do in this country, deciding what is good  for other people, while the authorities themselves are deliberately letting people get away with blue murder.

You just will not improve society by letting tax avoidance be reported by little nosey people ringing up whilst the governments of the world are involved in major tax avoidance by allowing rules which permit people to secret £18tn in tax havens. In this forum, as in a lot of other places, it seems that we cannot see the wood for the trees.

It's like people trying to stop others cycling on the pavement, while there's a cold blooded murder in the next village. No sense of perspective.


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05th Jun 2013 12:39

I think Mark meant double-check if all details on your profile are correct, waltere.

I'm very sure he wasn't suggesting covering up any wrongdoing! 

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By ey143
05th Jun 2013 13:20


If you have something to hide, do the crime then do the time.  Pay your taxes and then you dont need to worry about your LinkedIN or social media profile.  Simples.

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05th Jun 2013 14:18


Evidently some think tax is all good. Have you ever dealt with the MARD. Having spent YEARS dealing with a SWEDISH tax claim from a UK employee sub-contracted to a Swedish company, while his UK employer paid his taxes. Five years after leaving that country the Swedish tax authority decided that he should pay Swedish tax, having taken their claim to Court without telling him, (because they didn't know his address) then sending it to MARD (complete with the address) who then blindly started to collect the tax without querying its legitimacy. Mind you it was only 78000 Euros. A similar German claim was for 1 million Euros (later reduced to 700k!) 

If you've never come across them, it's the Mutual Assistance Recovery Department (HMRC) which does not feel obliged to have to prove the demand.


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06th Jun 2013 09:34


You should tell Starbucks and Amazon to pay tax. I would pay money to see their answer.

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06th Jun 2013 10:53

@ donald 6000...I am Puzzled

Why is murder Blue?


I want a yellow one...

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06th Jun 2013 11:35

Tom 7000

Oh I am sure the Woolwich murder would qualify as a pretty yellow act, if that's your bag.

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06th Jun 2013 11:35

@Tom 7000

What a submarine?

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09th Jun 2013 10:09

@waltere "catch you out"

Thanks Rachael for clarifying what I actually said in the context in which I said it.

What seems to have happened in this case is that the tax authorities looked online to find evidence that would support or deny the tipoff they had received.

If you lie then expect to be caught out. Your online profiles and activity make this far easier to prove than ever before.  This case is another good example of why honesty is the best policy.


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