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Alliance tax cuts top 100 billion kronor

Alliance tax cuts top 100 billion kronor

Published: 23 Apr 2011 09:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Apr 2011 09:08 GMT+02:00

The Swedish government has lowered taxes by over 100 billion kronor ($16 billion) since 2006, according to a new review of the Swedish Finance Department by Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

The most generous tax breaks have gone to people with jobs. The in-work tax reduction together with tax deductions for household services (RUT-avdrag) and tax deductions for home repairs and maintenance (ROT-avdrag) accounts for 80 billion kronor of the cuts. Another 32 billion kronor in cuts come from property and wealth taxes.

The government has lowered taxes in many areas and raised taxes in others. The difference is a 100 billion kronor overall tax decrease, the review showed.

The center-right Alliance government says it is trying to make it worthwhile to work.

“Sweden has been a country that has had very high taxes and this has caused quite large damage in terms of lost jobs and shortages in our business climate,” Anders Borg, the Finance minister told Ekot.

But the new finance spokesman for the Social Democrats, Tommy Waidelich, expressed skepticism to Ekot

“I think we could have improved the quality of our welfare system,” he said.

He told Ekot that his party could have also lowered taxes, but “in a way that didn't bring the tax break to those with the highest incomes,” he said.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks Sweden with the second highest tax rate in the world behind Denmark. Sweden's tax rate as percentage of GDP is 46.4%.

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10:11 April 23, 2011 by Brtahan
Why dont the local, put the otherside of the story the central Govt have cut tax and forcing the health system Like hospitals to increase Fees , and to adjust to a low budget ,in results lots of patients are being mistreated and refused some of their rights and forced to pay from their own pockets , for eq: transport to another hospitals , firing of health officials not doctors ofcourse but nurses and under-nurses. So everything has an another side please do report that too.
11:20 April 23, 2011 by slut
The Majority of the population is working class. So, less tax is good for me. It's good. I just count what I get into my pocket. I don't give any damn shiit if there is negative effect. Because, it doesn't effect me much. Parasites will start looking to find work or end up in Arbetspraktik. Bad luck for social money suck*rs
11:31 April 23, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
Work ( and payment of taxes ) has to be the basis of our social system - money does not grow on trees as the global economic collapse has shown and there is no such thing as a free lunch.

If you do not work and contribute to the economy you can keep pulling money out of the system.

Peope with genuine hardship should of course be protected - but there still has to be an incentive to work
14:21 April 23, 2011 by miss79
@slut thats the war of capitalism starts-privatising medication n school, criminal activity increase such as robbery (people who dont have much money or jobless) n dont foget Svd in riksdagen..
15:38 April 23, 2011 by Great Scott
@slut

Yea let's start name slinging shall we, selfish little pr@t's like you are the burden of society.

Have you ever thought that some people that are unemployed would love the opportunity to work and get paid a descent wage.

Have you ever thought that some people that are unemployed can't get jobs because they don't have a super little brain like yours?

Have you ever thought that some people that are unemployed can't get job because they are handicapped or suffer from some other form of disability.

Have you ever thought that some people that are unemployed can't get jobs because they don't have Swedish name.

Sweden has the highest rate of unemployed under 25'5 in Europe, these young people are finishing their education and there are no jobs available.

Are you also so naive not to see that the Looney Swedish government is using the unemployed to feather the nest of the filthy rich? Sweden's unemployed are being used as slave labour, are you so naïve not to see that company's using free labour (and they get paid £25 a day for each person) will never employ again, and why should they when they can have for free.

We all live in a world together here and we need to work together and help each other. I can remember another selfish little pr@t like you, he slung sh!t at another sector of people, and his name was Adolf Hitler.
17:20 April 23, 2011 by jackx123
better than the f^*%ng communists that have ruled sweden for many years with reduction in just about everything that makes it worthwhile living in sweden including social welfare (Tommy Waidelich and his cronies), medicare AND increase in taxes to throw money at leaches to the system.

Well done Reinfeldt et al.
18:31 April 23, 2011 by slut
I feel pity for mentally disabled and physically disabled people. But not people who are physically fit and sukk the system by making kids and sukk as much as possible on mamma ledig and pappa ledig activities. Such people sukk the system with many bidrags of housing too. Such people have to work for £20 instead of £25 per day.

I am happy about moderate party.
22:17 April 23, 2011 by RobinHood
Government promises Swedish electorate tax cuts in its manifesto.

Swedish electorate rejects alternative tax-raising parties and reelects government.

Government delivers tax cuts as promised, and economy booms.

Repeat for several more elections, or until the Social Democrats start listening to what the Swedish people want, and stop picking silly fights with sales people.
17:43 April 24, 2011 by jmclewis
Good Job reducing the burden on the working class!
22:28 April 24, 2011 by Iraniboy
Well done!

What Social Democrats have done in Sweden is really respectful. They have done a really good job for decades. What they don't understand today is that they have already fulfilled all morals of Socialism that a country like Sweden needs. Now it's time to change the pace and let the country grow in other directions. I'm only afraid that SD and populism group take the advantage of this changing process and establish a system based on 'Grouping' and 'Hatred among citizens' among citizens by this so-called ' Saying the simplest explanation for complex problems' populism tactic. This is how countries like Iran, US,...are working now and I hope this will never come to Sweden.
01:23 April 25, 2011 by jackx123
Iraniboy, you are obviously not old enough or haven't studied swedish history.

The social democrats brought Sweden down the pits after the 2nd WW, when swedish industry came out like a flaming dragon with no debt.

they then borrow money to fund the so called welfare system which was totally outstanding where you actually didn't need to show up for work to get paid.

with this white elephant looming near it's death it was the social democrats under Person that actually trimmed the bulging deficit to the bone.
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