VAT in Sweden

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Sweden’s VAT, also known as moms, was first introduced in 1969 and administered by the Swedish Tax Administration (Skatteverket).

Fundamental rules for Swedish consumption tax have been established in the Swedish VAT Act of 1994 (Mervärdesskattelagen) and were further given details in the Tax Procedural Act of 2011 (Skatteförfarandelagen).  

Everything you need to know about VAT registration, returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in Sweden is conveniently located right here!

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Sweden – Scope of Taxation

Sweden joined the European Union in 1995 and became part of the EU single market economy. As a result, the VAT system must harmonize with the other EU member states with the help of the EU VAT Directive. The VAT Directive sets the VAT principles to be adopted by all of the EU Member States, including Sweden. 

VAT is charged on the following transactions of a taxable person: 

  • Supply of goods or services within Sweden. 
  • Intra-Community procurement of goods from another EU Member State. 
  • Self-supply of goods or services taken out of business without any consideration from the receiver. 
  • Import of goods from outside the EU to Sweden. 


Taxable persons include: 

  • Independent entities, legal or natural persons, who carry out economic activity. 
  • Non-commercial entities such as public bodies and holding companies carrying out an economic activity of commercial value. 

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Sweden –  General VAT information



National Legislation  Sweden Ministry of Finance 
VAT in local languages   Mervärdesskatt or Moms 
VAT number format   SE + 10 digits + 01 
VAT rates  Standard 25%; Reduced 12% and 6% 
Zero-rated (0%) and Exempt 
Frequency  Monthly and Quarterly Returns 


Established  SEK 30,000 
Non-established  None 
Intra-Community acquisitions  SEK 90,000 
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS)  EUR 10,000 or SEK 99,680 
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses  Yes 
Compliance Returns and Deadlines 


VAT Return   12th day of the second month following the reporting period for Quarterly or 26th day of the month following reporting period for Monthly 
European Sales Listing  25th day of the month following the reporting period 
Intrastat   12th day of the month following the reporting period 
Annual Return  Annual returns are not required in Sweden. 



Last Updated: 14/06/2022


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