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Norwegian Tax Rebate -- April Fool's Day, 1971

Norway's Aftenposten ran a front-page article reporting that an error by data company EDB had caused tax returns to be "eaten up." An accompanying photo showed a technician struggling with tangled data tape.

Taxpayers in Oslo and Bærum were being asked to submit new tax returns. However, those who submitted the returns by the end of that day, April 1st, were promised a 10% rebate on their taxes.

April Fool Categories: Norway, 1971, False Financial Windfall, Taxation.
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