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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

Ukrainians in Sweden can receive two types of financial assistance: per diem or targeted assistance. Money is spent on food, clothing and personal expenses.

Daily allowance is the money that a person spends on his daily needs: food, medical care, clothes and shoes, hygiene products, medicine, dental services, leisure and other. The amount of the daily allowance depends on where the applicant lives:

Dormitory of the Migration Service with meals (amount per day)

  • 24 crowns for one adult;
  • 19 crowns for each adult, if there is more than one person in the family;
  • 12 crowns for children.

Accommodation without meals (amount per day)

  • 71 crowns for one adult;
  • 61 crowns for each adult, if there is more than one person in the family;
  • 37 crowns for children under the age of 3;
  • 43 crowns โ€“ children from 4 to 10 years old;
  • 50 crowns for children from 11 to 17 years old.

If there are more than two children in the family, then for the two older children, daily allowances are provided in full, and for all the younger ones - 50% of the established amount.

Targeted assistance is paid in the event that the applicant has an urgent need for something that is not covered by daily payments, such as making glasses, buying winter clothes or a baby carriage. You need to prove that the need is urgent and you are unable to pay on your own.

The request for funding must be submitted to the Migration Service in person or sent by mail. Payments begin to accrue from the day you apply for assistance. Payments will be transferred to a special account, a corresponding bank card will be issued by the Migration Service.

You can fill out the financial aid form here .

How do I set up a bank account?

Opening a bank account in Sweden requires proof of identification and a coordination number. It also helps if you are able to provide proof of employment, it is however not a requirement. To open a bank account, visit an office of one of the banks.

Examples of the largest banks and their websites:

How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

Citizens of Ukraine in Sweden can exchange hryvnia cash for Swedish kroner. The limit is UAH 10,000 per day. Banknotes in denominations from 100 to 1000 UAH are accepted for exchange.

You can withdraw cash at a bank or at an ATM.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

You or your employer must notify the Swedish Tax Agency so they can register you for preliminary A-tax (i.e., income taxes). This can be done via their e-service or by filling in form "SKV 4402" (โ€œNotification for preliminary taxโ€) and sending it to the Swedish Tax Agency.

Upon tax registration, the Swedish Tax Agency will assign you a so-called coordination number (Sw. samordningsnummer) for identification purposes. This number is used in contact with for example public authorities, hospitals, banks, and companies.

You can always visit one of the Swedish Tax Agency's offices for guidance and assistance with tax registration, declaration and other tax-related questions.

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

You can always visit one of the Swedish Tax Agency's offices for guidance and assistance with tax registration, declaration and other tax-related questions.

How to avoid double taxation?

There is an ingenious, but not perfect, solution โ€” to prove to the tax authority of the state in which the citizen does not plan to pay taxes that he is a resident of another country where he fulfils this duty.

A natural person has such a right, as Ukraine has a valid conventions and treaties on the avoidance of double taxation with 73 countries of the world. Among them are almost all European countries, as well as the USA and Canada. According to these conventions, Ukrainians who pay taxes in Ukraine have the right to avoid taxation in the country of residence.

If such a situation arises in which a citizen falls under the criteria of a tax resident of Ukraine and at the same time another state defines him as its resident, he has the right to contact the tax authorities of the country of residence and make a request to the Ukrainian tax authorities to confirm that he pays taxes.

That is, in order to prevent double taxation, it is necessary to determine the resident status of an individual and, if necessary, obtain a document that will confirm it. But this may require the help of specialists - tax consultants or lawyers. Specialists advise in advance to collect evidence of the presence of a center of economic interests in Ukraine (if you plan to pay taxes only in Ukraine).

Among them may be:

  • certificate of payment of taxes in Ukraine;
  • certificate of a tax resident of Ukraine (soon to be available in electronic form);
  • actual place of registration in Ukraine;
  • evidence of the presence of an individual entrepreneur registered in Ukraine (registration documents and tax declarations);
  • certificates of current accounts in Ukrainian banks;
  • certificates about the child's attendance at educational institutions in Ukraine;
  • receipts for the payment of utility bills.

If a citizen of Ukraine is recognized as a resident of Ukraine, but paid taxes in another country, the taxes paid can be credited in Ukraine. But if a person does not meet the criteria of a resident of Ukraine, it allows to change the tax resident status and consider another country as the place of tax payment.

It is important to check the registration of a natural person as a subject of entrepreneurial activity in the Unified State Register. Even if the activity has not been carried out for a long time, but the registration has not been terminated, this is a criterion for recognizing a person as a resident of Ukraine, which is accompanied by the obligation to pay taxes on income received abroad in Ukraine.

Being a citizen of Ukraine, but a tax NON-resident, you will still have to pay taxes in Ukraine for some types of income:

  • when receiving inheritance and gifts from persons who are not relatives of the 1st and 2nd degrees of kinship;
  • when receiving an investment profit;
  • when selling/leasing immovable and movable property to a natural person.

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How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from Sweden to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often cheaper and faster alternative.