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Household tax relief opponents claim benefit

Published: 10 Aug 2010 09:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Aug 2010 09:29 GMT+02:00

In the last 12 months, nearly 890,000 people have claimed a tax deduction for work carried out on and in their homes, according to Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) figures. Among them are several politicians whose parties oppose the system.

Among the candidates for the upcoming general election who have claimed tax relief under the RUT deduction for cleaning and home help inside the home, despite being members of a party which opposes the system, are Gudrun Schyman, leader of the Feministist Initiative (Feministiskt initiativ - Fi).

"I see no contradiction in that. There are many things that I don't think are positive and which I want to change, where we have policies for change and this is one area," Schyman told SVT news programme Rapport.

The RUT deduction has been the subject of intense discussion among Swedish political parties during the current mandate period. The government has defended its introduction as an effective weapon against black market jobs and job creator while others have argued that it is a waste of money, favours only the already well-off, and helps to further entrench the class system.

The so-called ROT deduction for renovations on the home, introduced by the Social Democrats and extended by the Alliance government, is less controversial and has the support of the major parties.

SVT survey was sent out to all of the 5,000 candidates standing for election to parliament in the upcoming general elections, and received 1,800 replies. 18 of them admitted to claiming for RUT deductions while belonging to parties which propose the abolition of the system.

A year ago, the Tax Agency introduced a reformed invoice model, meaning that the customer can receive the deduction directly on the invoice. From there, it is up to the company performing the job to apply for payment from the agency.

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12:32 August 10, 2010 by the fonz
Slightly hypocritical to claim something you disagree with.

I think the system is a good idea - anything that limits the black market must be a good thing. Why should we pay to fund tax cheats? If everyone paid their dues - the tax rate could in theory drop - but would it?
13:06 August 10, 2010 by Gletta
Why does it limit the black market?
15:41 August 10, 2010 by Z-man
I'm not surprised. I can't take Gudrun Schyman seriously and I can't understand why anyone else would. Her political career should have ended years ago, but she lingers on rubbing our faces in her BS.

This is a woman who urinated in a public theater and tossed her urine-drenched panties at the rest of the audience, and in the resulting media storm, hid behind the "I'm a victim of alcoholism" excuse.

This is a woman who proposed to the Swedish Parliament in 2002, an extra tax on ALL MEN for sexual harassment, in a speech in which she likened all men to the Taliban. In her convenient worldview of black and white, all men are perpetrators and misogynists, and all women are victims and thus entitled to compensation. What this oaf (whom Swedes call a "genius") failed to understand that according to the benefit principal of taxation, taxation = rights, meaning men would be entitled to sexually harass women as long as they paid their taxes.

This is a woman who was ousted the very next year from the Swedish Left Party on charges of tax fraud, and she conveniently turned it into "I resigned because I have more important things to do" and launched the Feminist Initiative Party.

This is a woman who exposed her callous mercenary heart by burning 100,000 SEK as a protest against unegaul pay for women, and tried to silence critics who said the money could have been put to better use, by saying, "we are not a charity, we are a political party.

Why should anyone be surprised what this woman comes up with next?
15:43 August 10, 2010 by Puffin
Tis defintely 5 weeks until the election - parties of both sides are at it :D

So many hypocritcal actions

- like the former employment Minister cutting back on benefits to the unemployed so that people including a person in intensive care, several people whose children have died and the soldier returning disabled form Afghanistan have all been denied unemployment benefits

- yet there is a much more genrous rule when the Employment Minister himslef resigns over allegations involving prostitutes - then his 1.3 million kronor golden parachute is perfectly OK
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