Responsible tax

Tax is an important sustainability issue, with high expectations from stakeholders. Telia Company is a responsible tax payer, paying the amount of taxes legally due in any territory, in accordance with local legislation and international accepted principles. We promote the importance of transparency and fair, ethical tax practices.

Corporate income tax payments by country 2015-2017
Income taxes paid (SEK in millions) 2017 2016 2015
Denmark  -2 0 0
Estonia  - 123  91 
Finland  31  0 0
Latvia   30  27 23
Lithuania   28  38 37
Norway   27  12 264
Russia   41  90 82 
Sweden   421  1,773 220
Turkey   138  4 438
Other countries   -4  11 68 
Total, continuing operations  710 2,078  1,223 
Azerbaijan 515  416 410 
Georgia  -10
Kazakhstan 114  268  685 
Moldova
Nepal1 453  661 
Tajikistan2 25  73  136 
Uzbekistan
Other countries 60  97  45 
Total, discontinued operations  714 1,297  1,943 
Total  1,424 3,375  3,166 

1) Operations in Nepal were divested in 2016

2) Operations in Tajikistan were divested in 2017

In addition to corporate income tax payments, Telia Company generates billions of SEK in other tax payments throughout our footprint. The total tax contribution, including both taxes borne and taxes collected, amounted to SEK 18 billion in 2017. This includes both continued and discontinued operations, the first accounting for 85 percent of the total tax contribution. The chart below show the total tax contribution by tax category.

Total tax contribution

 

. Corporate income taxes paid, 8%

. Employer taxes paid, 13%

. Other taxes1 paid, 5%

. Net VAT2 paid, 56%

. Employee taxes paid, 18%

 

1) Other taxes includes e.g. environmental taxes, property taxes and telecommunication taxes. Other taxes paid, or Total tax contribution as such, does not include customs duties and licenses.

2) If a Telia Company entity was in a recovery position regarding VAT, this has reduced the total amount of net VAT paid. The net VAT paid, or the total tax contribution as such, does not capture our irrecoverable VAT.