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The band Abba wore ridiculous outfits to avoid Sweden's taxes, which allowed deductions for clothing if it wasn't meant to be used every day.
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2 years ago #9794033        
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OH MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN!!

minando

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3 years ago #9681438        
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In that case, thank you Sweden for giving us one the most iconic bands of the eighties.


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5 years ago #9481856        
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Oh come on,Sweden would just love prancing around in one of the sparkly jumpsuits or skirts( maybe the rabbit dress worn by Agnetha,if memory serves me right),until Finland peeks in through his window.

Finn123

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4 years ago #9641182        
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@Klaus Doesn't mean the band couldn't have consisted of greedy cunts.


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2 years ago #9817843        
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This was in a time when some people in Sweden had to flee the country if they didn’t want to pay 200% taxes (Ingvar Bergman the director) though, the tax climate in Sweden in the 60s and 70s was outlandish.

2 years ago #9785255        
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First time heard abba's song from this british pop groups of the 90s (can't find the video clip on youtube just this one) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yhgVUe5-Ozg i though ABBA was british pop group singers not swedish.. ☺☺☺

2 years ago #9784500        
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I like ABBA

2 years ago #9781288        
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What kind of taxes they tried to evade?

3 years ago #9660085        
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wat

Klaus

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4 years ago #9641180        
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Abba was the best selling band of all time. Taxes for costumes must have been peanuts to them. I would think that having just the right look would be much more important than saving a few bucks.


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4 years ago #9562120        
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Interesting

4 years ago #9529177        
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Let's go Mama Mia!

5 years ago #9475705        
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More specifically, it wasn't a deduction, just not taxed. Usually company benefits are taxed, a company car you can use outside work is considered a forma of income and taxes. So free clothes would normally be taxed, but by making the clothes outlandish enough they could reasonably argue the clothes were only usefull privately and thus not a company benifit.


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