Abba Dressed Like That For a Tax Deduction

To celebrate the fact that I am editing my to-do list from “finish taxes by Tuesday morning” to “finish taxes by end of week,” here is a fun fact courtesy of the Guardian:

Reflecting on the group’s sartorial record in a new book, Björn Ulvaeus said: “In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.”

And the reason for their bold fashion choices lay not just in the pop glamour of the late 70s and early 80s, but also in the Swedish tax code.

Apparently, to deduct costumes in Sweden, the clothes had to be “so outrageous they could not possibly be worn on the street,” which is AMAZING and explains a lot.

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honey cowl (#1,510)

This is amazing!!!!! How did you know that ABBA is literally my favorite band?

Meaghano (#529)

@honey cowl omg I should have all-cappsed their name, huh?

honey cowl (#1,510)

@Meaghano I am not upset about it in the slightest, just too happy to see my fave swedish cray cray band on this here blog

Isn’t it similar in the US? You can deduct uniforms that would not be considered normal street clothes.

Seems like a sensible policy. We should do this for company cars, too — the world needs more Weienermobiles.

garysixpack (#4,263)

They already have to a degree.

The old rule was that any vehicle over 6000 lbs gross vehicle weight rating (basically the weight of the vehicle plus amount it can tow, I think) would qualify for a full Section 179 deduction. People were buying large SUVs (in my case a BMW X5) to qualify for the full deduction. After the negative publicity, the IRS has tightened the rule so that pretty much only large (passenger or cargo) vans qualify.

@garysixpack yeah I remember in Florida in the early 2000s you’d see lots of SUVs and minivans with magnetic stickers for various home businesses on them, figured it was something like that.

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