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Denmark - Taxation

Anyone who lives and works in Denmark for more than six months is liable to pay income tax to the state, the municipality and the county on their personal income, including income from employment or business.

Taxes are high, but a wide range of welfare services are provided free of charge, including healthcare and education, and there has been a tax freeze in effect since 2002. There are no separate social security contributions. Foreign nationals who have entered Denmark on the Job Card Scheme and are employed in certain professional groups, pay a preferential total tax rate of 25% for an initial three years.

Anyone who lives in Denmark is also liable for property tax, based on the land value of any properties they own in Denmark, and property value tax, based on the actual value of the properties owned both in Denmark and other countries. Capital income tax is payable on income from any investments and other sources of capital.

To register as a taxpayer in Denmark, you need to apply for a tax office at the municipal tax office, providing your passport or EU ID card, work permit, residence permit, employment and salary details, bank account information, and details of your tax paid in your home country or last country of residence. The tax card should be given to your employer, and tax will be automatically deducted from your salary.

Full details of current tax rates and procedures for payment are available at the Danish Ministry of Taxation's website.

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