The Social Democratic Leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her British husband Steven Kinnock are expected to present a clean bill of health today in connection with an investigation by the tax authority (SKAT) into Kinnock’s tax affairs.
According to Politiken’s sources the couple were presented Thursday with a draft decision by SKAT that is ‘completely clean’ and shows that Kinnock has not been liable to Danish income tax.
The couple now have a mandatory two weeks to protest against SKAT’s decision, but according to Politiken’s information they do not intend to do so.
The couple released a brief press release yesterday in which they said they would be waiting for a final decision from SKAT before making further comments.
The controversy surrounding Kinnock’s tax issues began earlier this summer when the tabloid B.T. began a series of articles in which it questioned Kinnock’s tax situation, with experts questioning whether Kinnock, who works in Switzerland but visits Denmark frequently, should pay Danish rather than Swiss tax.
At the same time, there were discrepancies in reports to the authorities about the number of weekends Kinnock spent in Denmark each year. The amount of time spent in Denmark each year determines whether a person is liable to Danish tax.
Thorning-Schmidt has explained that the discrepancy was a careless mistake, but that the family has complied with all relevant rules – something the SKAT report is expected to confirm.
Edited by Julian Isherwood