Swedes ‘don’t want cleaners in the home’

A government plan to reduce taxes on domestic services such as cleaning, child-minding and gardening will not encourage most Swedes to employ help in the home, according to a new survey.

Tax breaks on domestic services are due to be introduced on 1st July, subject to approval by Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag. But 82 percent of Swedes say that they still won’t pay for domestic services, according to a poll commissioned by Aftonbladet from the Sifo Institute.

Women between 30 and 39 were most likely to say that they would make use of the tax break. Women and men between 18 and 29 were least interested.

The proposal should take the hourly cost of domestic services down to around 150 kronor per hour, according to government estimates. People will be able subtract the tax discount immediately, rather than wait for a rebate.

The current cost of paying for a domestic cleaner, including taxes and social fees, is between 250 and 350 kronor an hour.

The government’s tax break is intended to help combat unemployment, and to relieve pressure on working families.

The poll was taken between 5th and 8th March. 977 adults were interviewed.