Norway: local workers at US Embassy avoided taxes

AP News
Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:54 AM

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian tax officials say they have reported 15 to 20 local employees at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo to police for not paying income tax over several years.

The head of the country's tax administration Hans Christian Holte says most of the failed payments were on incomes of 100,000 to 600,000 kroner ($16,500-$99,000) over 10 years ending in 2011. Holte said Friday that the most serious violations were on incomes of up to 2 million kroner.

The U.S. Embassy has declined to comment on the claims but says that paying taxes is an issue between a local employee and the government. It said in a statement to the AP that the embassy doesn't share income information of its personnel with the Norwegian government.