Finland: Online alcohol shops face 3 years of back taxes

Finnish Customs is to collect millions of euros worth of unpaid taxes on beverages sold by overseas alcohol sales sites to Finnish customers over the past three years. Alcohol can still be purchased online, but the supply of goods on the websites in question will likely decrease, YLE News reports.

Finns have been buying alcohol from foreign online stores for years, and now Finnish Customs is giving a large number of these electronic liquor shops what for. All stores that have delivered Finns booze straight to their front doors but neglected to pay Finland’s alcohol taxes will soon be hit with collection letters.

Finnish Customs calls operations such as the ones conducted by many online shops distance selling, which is technically forbidden by the Finnish Alcohol Act but not stamped with a court ruling. Vendors who deliver alcoholic products to their customers are counted as taxable.

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