You know, if we had gotten that Swedish-pop bureau we asked for months ago, we wouldn’t have missed this story from yesterday:
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Swedish tax officials want former ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus to pay $2.1 million for undeclared royalties from the supergroup’s hits dating back decades.
It is the second time the Swedish Tax Authority has claimed the 61-year-old singer dodged taxes by not declaring millions in royalties going back decades, officials said Thursday…
Last year, the authority claimed almost $13 million in back taxes, fees and interest on unpaid taxes related to contracts he signed before moving to England in 1984.
That might sound like a lot of money, but when you figure that Ulvaeus gets 1/100th of a cent every time a drunken step-aunt starts waddling around to “Dancing Queen” at what should have been a low-key family event, he’s taking in about $3.4 million a week at this point.
Tax Woes for ABBA Star Bjorn Ulvaeus [AP via CBS.com]