Tesla Accused Of Tax Circumvention In Denmark, But It Was Just A False Alarm

2 years ago by Mark Kane 8

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tax Circumvent Enabled?

Tax Circumvent Enabled?

If you remember the story about Denmark and its intent to phase out EV tax breaks, then here is new a episode.

Tesla Motors was somewhat accused by the government of trying to circumvent the new taxes for EVs by applying a bulk purchase of 2,500 cars on its own and later selling them, thus avoiding these new taxes.

“The registration of 2,500 luxury electric cars over the past few weeks has led Tax Minister Karsten Lauritzen to suspect extensive tax fraud by electric car manufacturer Tesla.

Speaking to DR, the minister said that “2,500 electric cars, most likely Teslas, have been registered, and it seems that it is a circumvention of the tax exemption on electric cars”.

On Wednesday, the minister said that the huge increase in electric car registration indicates that Tesla is hoarding and reselling cars, a profit-motivated move that is illegal and will cost the Danish people.

“If you buy under the old rules, then you will be able to sell them for a large profit. But it is a bill that will be passed on to Danish society, and I, as the tax minister will not allow this to happen,” he said.”

Tesaa will be hit by higher taxes in Denmark, but is this true that Telsa took these actions to circumvent taxation?

Tesla Motors Denmark representative Esben Pedersen denied any allegations:

“I have followed the case with amazement, and I would immediately pull the plug on the story. Tesla is not hoarding any cars.”

…but there was registration of the 2,500 plates for future sales, which led to suspicion:

“What I have been made aware of is that there has been someone in our headquarters, sitting and ordering number plates for all markets”

“Pedersen has argued that the registration of the 2,500 plates is a fully justifiable move, as demand for Tesla vehicles has increased since the tax increase on electric cars was announced. He said he couldn’t understand Lauritzen’s suspicions about Tesla.”

“It is realistic that we will within the next year sell 2,500 cars. The person has therefore ordered plates for these vehicles.”

Tax Minister Karsten Lauritzen seems to accept the reason and all turns out to be a false and rather silly alarm:

“Speaking to BBC News, Lauritzen said he is sorry if Tesla feels it has been targeted by the tax move and now feels that they have given a satisfactory reason for the registration of the 2,500 plates.”

Source: The Local

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8 responses to "Tesla Accused Of Tax Circumvention In Denmark, But It Was Just A False Alarm"

    1. Rebel44 says:

      he should at least formally apologize to Tesla.

  1. So the promised 2500 sales in Denmark will be added to the promised monthly 1000 Model S sales in Germany.

    1. Anon says:

      No. Re-read the article kitty.

  2. GasKilla says:

    At least they didn’t go after Tesla for not paying their fair share of the gas Tax, because that is the only thing I could think of that is sillier than this story. But I do think it is way too early to penalize EVs with increased taxes.

  3. Jim says:

    Me thinks tesla got caught trying to pull a stupid fast one but i’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because there’s no way they’ll be able to do it now. To believe them i need to believe they’ll sell the same number of cars in Denmark in 2016 as they did in 2015 even though the price to the consumer will TRIPLE. It could happen, so i’ll accept that they are just planning for success as more and more people come to love the car.

  4. Priusmaniac says:

    It would be fair enough for Tesla to accelerate deliveries to Denmark in order to let the customers benefit from the former tax rules. There is no cheating except that perhaps other customers in other countries could have to wait a little longer for their own cars.