Responsible tax practices

Tax is an important sustainability topic, 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 taxes paid, by country 2016-2018

Corporate income taxes paid, SEK in millions

2018

2017

2016

Denmark

-7

-2

0

Estonia

117

-

123

Finland

37

31

0

Latvia

-33

30

27

Lithuania

65

28

38

Norway

382

27

12

Russia

4

41

90

Sweden

416

421

1,773

Turkey

41

138

4

Other countries

33

-4

11

Total, continuing operations

1,054

710

2,078

Azerbaijan1

17

515

416

Georgia1

0

0

-10

Kazakhstan1

52

114

268

Moldova

-

-

-

Nepal2

0

0

453

Tajikistan3

-

25

73

Uzbekistan1

27

-

0

Other countries

91

60

97

Total, discontinued operations

188

714

1,297

Total

1,242

1,424

3,375

 

1) Operations divested in 2018.
2) Operations divested in 2016.
3) Operations divested in 2017.

In addition to corporate income tax payments, Telia Company generates billions of SEK in other tax payments throughout its footprint. The total tax contribution, including both taxes borne and taxes collected, in 2018 amounted to SEK 18.3 billion (18.0). This includes both continuing and discontinued operations, the first amounting to 91 (85) percent of the total tax contribution.

Total tax contribution

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1) Includes for example environmental taxes, property taxes and telecommunication taxes. Other taxes paid, or the 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.

Read more in the Annual and Sustainability Report, page 218.