Violin star is cleared by tax authorities

Violin star is cleared by tax authorities


norman lebrecht

May 25, 2014

We are relieved to report that the Danes have called off the dogs in the tax-dodge case they were building against Nikolai Znajder. The violinist, who has lived in Denmark only since he married in 2012, had laid out a full defence against having to pay tax in previous years. His defence has been accepted and the case has been dismissed.

Here’s a note from his lawyer:


Yesterday Nikolaj Znaider won his case against the Danish tax authorities.

For three years since 2011 the Danish tax authorities have claimed that in 2006 Nikolaj Znaider became resident in Denmark and was fully tax liable, referring to the fact that in between his concerts he had visited his parents and stayed with them in the house, he and his parents had bought together in Copenhagen. Accordingly he should have filed tax returns and paid income taxes from 2006.

The National Tax Tribunal rejected all accusations and stated that Nikolaj Znaider did not become a tax resident in Denmark. His short stays in Denmark with his parents were just holiday trips, and so the Tribunal agreed with Nikolaj Znaider stating that according to Danish tax law and practice he was not liable to file tax returns and pay taxes to Denmark from 2006 to 2011.

Nikolaj Znaider moved out of Denmark in 1992 and has lived in the US, Austria, Israel and Monaco until in 2012 he got married and took up residence in Denmark, where he now lives with his family.

Lawyer Gitte Skouby