Our approach to tax

Tax and tax transparency has during recent years come increasingly in focus. SEB sees tax and tax management as an important part of our contribution to society. We are committed to meeting the raised expectations on transparency in respect of our tax management and continuously work to enhance the scope of our communication around tax.

Good corporate practice


Operating in more than 20 countries, SEB supports many customers in international trade and global cross-border businesses. Recognising that tax rules and regulations are not fully harmonised across these many different jurisdictions, SEB aims to show good corporate practice in the area of tax. SEB has a group-wide tax policy, adopted by the Board of Directors in December 2017. Please download here.

SEB as a tax payer

SEB is a significant payer of corporate income tax, social security contributions and bank levies in several countries. SEB is also a net payer of VAT, since a major part of the VAT paid is not recoverable. Similarly, SEB has an important role in the collection and payment of taxes on behalf of employees and customers as well as in the reporting of information related to customer taxation.
In 2017, SEB’s income tax expense amounted to SEK 4,562 million (SEK 4,249 million) globally. The SEB group also paid regulatory fees, a total of SEK 1,965 million in 2017.

See SEB’s taxes paid per country in SEB's Annual Report 2017, p. 95. For information about regulatory fees, see p. 34.