Expert: Legoarvinger has saved 100 million in tax

It aroused great dissatisfaction among the country's family-owned businesses, as the government on Monday presented the budget bill for the year 2020. the Go

Expert: Legoarvinger has saved 100 million in tax

It aroused great dissatisfaction among the country's family-owned businesses, as the government on Monday presented the budget bill for the year 2020.

the Government will pick up a billion extra by raising the live - and gaveafgiften, as the previous government reduced in 2016. The future heirs of family businesses once again pay 15 percent in taxes, when businesses are going in the inheritance.

But three rigmandsbørn will not be affected: Casper, Anders and Morten with the last name Kirk Johansen.

Their mother, Gunhild Kirk Johansen, is the sister of Denmark's richest man, the Lego owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.

In 2007 the Gunhild Kirk Johansen bought out of Lego, and she placed then money in Kirk Capital, which she has owned with his sons.

In the spring of 2019 left the she the ownership of the sons, Casper, Anders and Morten – time enough that they only had to pay the six percent tax.

Kim Gulstad, who is the managing director of Kirk Capital, are said to Finance, to the generational change has been planned for several years, but it was timed so the family was not affected by the new tax rules announced by the Social democrats.

"It was fitting that we could implement it in the spring, where we knew it skatteregime force," he said to the Finance in august.

Because of the generational change took place, was the tax rate at six percent. With the conclusion of the new budget law increases the to 15 percent.

If the Kirk Johansen family had been waiting half a year to implement the generational change, they would therefore have been presented with a much higher tax bill.

Jakob Sørensen, who is the author of several books on the Danish familiedynastier, estimates that the Kirk Johansen has been spared for a nine-amount.

"The three sons have collectively saved around 100 million dollars in tax," says Jakob Sørensen.

the cost Savings are a fluke of the Kirk Johansen family, who are considered as 'the poor' part of the Lego family.

Lego was in financial difficulties, as Gunhild Kirk Johansen gave up the rights to the Lego trademark, but since it has only gone forward for Lego.

While Lego has been undergoing a multi-year feeling, is Kirk Capital raslet down in value. In 2017 the company was reduced by 224 million Danish kroner, which resulted in a deficit of 182 million kroner. The 100 million lands, therefore, in a dry place.

The lenient tax rules introduced in 2016, as the Left-the government entered finanslovaftale with the Danish people's Party, Liberal Alliance and The Conservative people's Party. The relaxation came after pressure from the lobbyorganisationen 'Growth in the generations', which consists of 14 of the largest family-owned companies in denmark.

the Relaxation of the stay - and the inheritance tax have led to several family businesses has accelerated a generational change.

And of those who did not on the bandwagon, there's a lot of bitterness to track.

"I'm sitting with a feeling that they are pisseligeglade with some such as me, who would otherwise give currency to the country. It is evil and bad for the country," said the Linak billionaire, Bent Jensen, to the Jutland west Coast, because the increase of the tax was discussed in June. He is estimated to be Denmark syvenderigeste with a fortune of $ 16.7 billion dollars.

Updated Date: 04 December 2019, 20:00

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