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I have received a notice of taxes owed to Sweden from 2009,

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I have received a notice of taxes owed to Sweden from 2009, this is the first notice I have had since leaving the country in 2009. The amount owed it about $50 however they are claiming an additional $3000+ for collection fees - since I'm now under Federal/Idaho jurisdiction is there any limit to the amount of collection fees a foreign state can add, in this case the collection fee is approaching 6000% of original amount?
Btw, I never paid taxes in Sweden while living there because I never worked in the country, this may be a fee relating to the sale of an apartment in 2009.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 1 year ago.
Hello, first the collection effort may be a scam. Demand proof of debt in writing.
Second they would need to pursue you in your state where a court won't permit such usurious and unconscionable rates.
You may also go on the offensive!
You have a few options. Let me outline them. You can pursue a complaint in civil court. You may sue for losses suffered plus costs and interest. You can also file a complaint with the attorney general office. You can threaten these options before pursuing and use for leverage. local counsel can also get involved!
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