Former PM maxes out on tax break he opposed

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Former PM maxes out on tax break he opposed

Former Prime Minister Göran Persson protested bitterly against the current government plans to give tax breaks for people using domestic services such as cleaning or gardening - but now it has been revealed that Persson is making maximum use of the tax break he opposed.


Persson, a Social Democrat, and wife Anitra Steen, have claimed the highest possible tax break for domestic services. They deducted 12,985 kronor ($2,036) on services that cost them 51,938 kronor, according to Aftonbladet.

In a pre-election televised debate in 2006 with the then opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt, Persson expressed distaste for the tax breaks.

"The Swedish people should not have to pay for Reinfeldt's cleaning," he said at the time.

The papers from the tax authority do not reveal the kind of service for which Persson claimed the tax deduction.


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