Danish tax authorities will demand that 11.3 million Danish crowns ($1.9 million) be paid in taxes for the period from 2014 to 2015, as it had found out that almost 1,200 former Uber drivers evaded taxes, the authorities' statement reads.
The data on the Uber drivers' payments was provided to the Danish tax authorities by the Netherlands, where the company's European headquarters is based. Now the Danish side intends to request that the Netherlands reveal the incomes of Uber drivers working in Denmark in 2016-2017.
"Companies that provide services in a new digital format should have the opportunity to work in Denmark. However, one of the conditions for this is that their employees, for example, drivers, pay taxes as everyone else who earns money in our country does," said Karsten Lauritzen, the tax minister of Denmark, as quoted by the Ritzau news agency.
Uber began working in Denmark in 2014, with its smartphone application being installed by some 300,000 Danes. At the same time, Uber's activities from the very beginning met objections from other Danish passenger transportation companies, as well as politicians. Six Uber drivers were charged with illegal cabbing in Denmark and got heavy fines. Denmark's union of taxi drivers is considering the opportunity to file a lawsuit against Uber in order to receive a refund for lost profits. In France, Uber had already lost a similar case.