ABBA, Tax Evasion, And Costumes

February 18, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

1970s pop group ABBA was known for many things including their extreme outfits. Decades later Simon Bowers uncovered the reason for the iconic style:

  • The Swedish tax code allowed the cost of outfits to be claimed as a tax deduction…as long as the outfits were too ridiculous to be worn on a typical day.
  • This quirk in the code help contribute to ABBA’s style and gave a distinct personality to the group.
  • Björn Ulvaeus (extreme left) states that he felt the group “looked like nuts” and was “badly dressed”.

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Source: The Guardian