Austrian gets tax bill for €29 million

AFP-JIJI

A 22-year-old Austrian man had the shock of his life when he received a tax bill for more than €29 million ($38 million), a newspaper said Wednesday.

Agadir B. told the Heute daily he got the bill after filing his tax return for 2008, when he earned around €600 a month as a trainee, with the demand that he paid 1 percent — €290,420.13 — immediately.

“I completely flipped out,” he said. “My mom nearly had a nervous breakdown.”

His mother even phoned the tax office to challenge the bill and was told, “You don’t have a discussion at the checkout at Billa (a supermarket chain), you just pay,” he said.

However, a second letter later came through from the tax office, declaring the first one void and apologizing for the “technical error,” the paper said.