Swedish Counter-Strike: International Offensive skilled participant Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, who at the moment competes for Fnatic, was convicted by the Attunda District Courtroom for tax offenses, in keeping with a report from Swedish esports information platform fragbite. The esports skilled didn’t declare roughly kr1M SEK ($116Ok USD) from esports winnings in his 2015 earnings tax report.
In entrance of the court docket, Rönnquist admitted his wrongdoing however acknowledged that he didn’t perceive that his winnings needed to be declared as earnings. Whereas winnings from playing at a licensed playing enterprise (which embody card video games resembling Poker) are tax-free, winnings from sporting and esports occasions are topic to taxation.
The court docket sentenced Rönnquist to 120 hours of neighborhood service, a payment of kr800 ($92.90) to the Swedish Crime Sufferer Fund, and a tax surcharge of 40% on the lacking tax that quantities to kr200Ok ($23.2K). He avoids imprisonment related to tax evasion of as much as 5 months because the court docket thought of mitigating circumstances.
On the finish of 2015, Rönnquist based Mouselifting AB together with his sister Nathalie prone to handle his esports earnings. Final 12 months, Mouselifting reported kr2M ($232Ok) in revenues for the twelve months ended on Sept. 30, 2019.