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ABBA singer says group wore outlandish costumes to avoid tax
National Post ^ | Feb. 18, 2014 | National Post Staff

Posted on 02/18/2014 6:51:21 PM PST by rickmichaels

Swedish disco titans ABBA weren’t as fond of sequins as it may have appeared.

According to ABBA: The Official Photo Book, released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the group career-making Eurovision victory for Waterloo, the Swedish foursome adopted their outlandish dressing style in order to ensure they could deduct the cost of their costumes under Swedish tax code.

According to the book, Swedish laws allowed work wear to be tax deductible so long as it was demonstrably apparel that couldn’t be worn on the street – which, with its garish coloring and liberal use of sparkle, ABBA’s certainly was.

“In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years,” group member Bjorn Ulvaeus says in the book. “Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.”

(Excerpt) Read more at arts.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: abba; donyourgayapparel; sweden; taxes
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1 posted on 02/18/2014 6:51:21 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Why didn’t they pay their taxes like good happy Socialists?


2 posted on 02/18/2014 6:52:33 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: rickmichaels

But, but I thought everybody loved paying taxes.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 6:53:45 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: rickmichaels
and this is how you become a supergroup bilderburger
4 posted on 02/18/2014 6:56:58 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: rickmichaels

If only this could explain the rest of the ‘70s.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 6:58:34 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: rickmichaels

Well there goes my excuse for wearing that stuff.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 6:58:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lizavetta

“Why didn’t they pay their taxes like good happy Socialists?”

I read that at one point Abba was Sweden’s leading taxpayer. BTW, May West was told in a audit that she could not take off her wardrobe. She had herself suited up and proved she could not sit in her dresses. She got to deduct them.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 6:58:46 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rickmichaels

This applies in the US too.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 7:00:00 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: rickmichaels; a fool in paradise
Brabra Streisand! They wore it 'coz they're fags, fans!


9 posted on 02/18/2014 7:00:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Gen.Blather

Take off her wardrobe... from her taxes of course. Not literally, in the presence of the auditor.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 7:01:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Leave it to May West...”Is that pistol in your pocket or are ya just glad to see me?”


11 posted on 02/18/2014 7:01:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: workerbee

I can explain the 70’s in one word: DRUGS.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 7:02:24 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: rickmichaels

FR absolutely needs Surround Sound! Shameless ABBA Fan! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_9CiNkkn4


13 posted on 02/18/2014 7:03:02 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: rickmichaels

“Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world”


14 posted on 02/18/2014 7:05:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: All

Honey, I’m still Free - Take a Chance on Me! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crgQGdpZR0


15 posted on 02/18/2014 7:05:43 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: rickmichaels
Gee, citizens will modify their behavior to retain their wealth in socialist countries, too. Who woulda thunk it?
16 posted on 02/18/2014 7:07:25 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: workerbee

like who remembers the 70’s


17 posted on 02/18/2014 7:08:38 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Revolting cat!

Who’s that?


18 posted on 02/18/2014 7:11:08 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: cloudmountain

Heavy, man. Heavy.


19 posted on 02/18/2014 7:41:22 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: bigheadfred

I do, sadly enough...


20 posted on 02/18/2014 7:42:31 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Revolting cat!

Who are these people?


21 posted on 02/18/2014 7:44:07 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: rickmichaels

Thank you....thankyouverymuch.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 7:47:51 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: null and void

three things

josie wails

josie and the pussycats

josie cuervo

in any random order


23 posted on 02/18/2014 7:48:01 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: rickmichaels; Tax-chick

“Swedish laws allowed work wear to be tax deductible so long as it was demonstrably apparel that couldn’t be worn on the street”

This is pretty much true of the American tax code of today.

But, you have to weigh the cost of an expensive costume against the tax savings....it probably still costs you money.

Pinging taxchick on this, she’ll correct me if I’m wrong.

And, on a related note, I’m loving the costumes the ice dancers are wearing at the olympics, I’m sure they cost a pretty penny!


24 posted on 02/18/2014 7:48:13 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thank you very much. :)

JohnnyP loves ABBA.


25 posted on 02/18/2014 7:53:38 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: rickmichaels
Wait a minute - you aren't supposed to wear sequined pantaloons, platform soles, and a bright lavender codpiece in public?

Well, I suppose that explains why the Dem mayor called me "one of us" at the last city council meeting...

26 posted on 02/18/2014 7:56:36 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Lizavetta

The members of ABBA weren’t socialists at all. They were capitalists. They were hated by others in the Swedish showbiz industry because of it. Their manager Stig Anderson had to fight tooth and nail against the far-left nutjobs. Other Swedish artists would perform hate-filled songs railing against capitalists like ABBA. ABBA was always more successful outside Sweden, until the leftwingers fell out of fashion in the industry. Finally, they’re now getting the respect they richly deserve for their music and success.

I was always inspired by the shrewd, capitalist business tactics of Stig Anderson and ABBA, which enabled them to bypass all the socialist B.S. and become a huge, international supergroup.

Just FYI, that photo in this thread is not ABBA, but an ABBA tribute group.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 7:58:41 PM PST by lbtbell
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To: JohnnyP

:)


28 posted on 02/18/2014 8:14:30 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Billthedrill

that was you????

i lost $50 on a bet... when we could have dinner...


29 posted on 02/18/2014 8:21:51 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Those of us that weren’t stoned.


30 posted on 02/18/2014 8:30:37 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog; null and void

i’d rather been stoned then than taking the meteor hits we are getting now

can you ‘here’ the guns fernando


31 posted on 02/18/2014 8:38:30 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: null and void

I do!


32 posted on 02/18/2014 8:39:42 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander; null and void
I do!

youse inviting me to the wedding or do i invite myself...again...

33 posted on 02/18/2014 8:43:17 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

;D

Every time ABBA is mentioned, I think to myself [well, snarl, really] “And *they* got into the R&RHOF long before Alice did.

Pitiful.


34 posted on 02/18/2014 8:47:06 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Army Air Corps
LOL!!

Geez, that WAS the phrase of the 60's, wasn't it?

35 posted on 02/18/2014 8:54:54 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Salamander; null and void

Well one ( ABBA)stands for rich and (now totally proven) reprehensible and the other (ALICE) stands for Rock and Roll.

The 70’s were live.

now its just memorex


36 posted on 02/18/2014 8:55:02 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: lbtbell
The Swedes are very proud of ABBA, I think. Hard to tell when they are excited, happy, sad or anything else. Talk about your stoic group of people.

I don't blame them, really. Their winters are...well, just like Russian winters.

37 posted on 02/18/2014 8:57:06 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: bigheadfred
josie wails

OUTLAW josie wails. Gee, I wish Eastwood would make another movie. I guess he's too old now. How old is he now? 500 years old? Close.

38 posted on 02/18/2014 8:59:04 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
OUTLAW josie wails. Gee, I wish Eastwood would make another movie. I guess he's too old now. How old is he now? 500 years old? Close.

how the hell should i know i was only a 175 year old kid when i saw his first movie

39 posted on 02/18/2014 9:06:37 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

And yet I still can’t get “Fernando” outta my head.

Ack!


40 posted on 02/18/2014 9:09:15 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: cloudmountain; bigheadfred

WALES!

Ack!

LOL


41 posted on 02/18/2014 9:10:13 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: lbtbell
Always thought Frida was the cuter of the two women.

Interestingly, she isn't Swedish. She's half-Norwegian/half-German, her father was a Wehrmacht soldier stationed in Norway during the war, and she fled to Sweden after the war, because offspring of German soldiers weren't going to be treated very well in Norway.

42 posted on 02/18/2014 9:11:59 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Salamander

If you weren’t quite so married, and if I thought I had the slightest chance of keeping up with you, I’d consider it!


43 posted on 02/18/2014 9:17:29 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

Together, we could start a religion.

/bit of Doors obscurity

:)


44 posted on 02/18/2014 9:20:16 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: bigheadfred

I you remember the 70s, you weren’t there.


45 posted on 02/18/2014 9:21:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Salamander

Or plan a murder.


46 posted on 02/18/2014 9:25:21 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Heh.


47 posted on 02/18/2014 9:27:01 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: cloudmountain

Vlad Putin is a big fan of his fellow Nordics ABBA


48 posted on 02/18/2014 9:28:40 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: cloudmountain

Minor correction....it’s spelled Mae West, not May West.


49 posted on 02/18/2014 9:31:00 PM PST by driftless2
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To: lbtbell

I despised ABBA back then. But today I like their happy calming music from a time when we were more culturally conservative. When we would have never elected a jug eared Muslim and gay marriage was inconceivable. The rot has been tremendous since ABBA’s heyday


50 posted on 02/18/2014 9:32:51 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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