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Proposed tax writeoffs for computer and TV installation

TT/Roger Choate · 7 Feb 2010, 12:03

Published: 07 Feb 2010 12:03 GMT+01:00

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The latest enticement was put forward by Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson, who suggests income tax writeoffs for professional installation of home computers and television sets.

Olofsson, who also is Minister of Industry in the ruling coalition government, said in an article in Aftonbladet on Saturday: “there are many of us who don’t belong to the computer generation and who find it very difficult to install new computers and TVs.”

She said tax incentives would provide many young people the opportunity “to start a company for doing this type of work. We would be giving young people jobs, and lots of older folk would be very happy. This (incentive) is particularly important right now because youth unemployment is so high.”

She said she was not able to say at this stage how much the incentive would cost the government.

Her proposal was positively received by a spokesman for the Moderate Party (Moderaterna) which is the single biggest party in the coalition.

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“If we can find suitable guidelines as well as financing for this reform, we would certainly be prepared to work further on this,” said Tomas Tobé.

TT/Roger Choate (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:56 February 7, 2010 by Essingen
This woman is a liability to the moderate coaltion.
16:45 February 7, 2010 by calebian22
Good grief.
19:17 February 7, 2010 by conboy
Soon she will be offering every Swedish family a free chicken for the pot on every first sunday of the next mandate period...
19:30 February 7, 2010 by Douglas Garner
The basic wiring labor would fall under ROT, with 50% from Skatteverket... even then, the problem is that many pensioners do not have enough income to qualify for the tax contribution. Perhaps they should solve the ROT issue for lower income-pensioners at the same time!
23:17 February 7, 2010 by krigeren
How does this increase the competitive edge of Sweden?
23:18 February 7, 2010 by Puffin
Not sure that Maud is going down too well in the Centerpatiets heartlands of rural and agricultural Sweden

She seems to have sold out all her party' policies in return for her Minister post
10:48 February 8, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
What does "professional installation of home computers and television sets" mean. In today's technology world isn't that just helping them open a box and dispose of the packaging? I'm confused why anyone thinks there may be demand for this.
12:36 February 8, 2010 by Scepticion
This falls into almost the same category as the S suggestion before the last election to hire people to hang up old people's curtains...

It is true that old people can't understand some of the modern technology. I just installed a new ADSL modem. Followed all instructions, didn't work. Called up tech support, which helpfully explained there is a bug, that's why did didn't work...

But it sure is not a long-term solution. As soon as the tax incentive is cancelled, many of the people who built a business on it, will find themselves out of a job again.

As krigeren said, Sweden needs jobs that increase Swedish competitiveness, not jobs that are funded directly or indirectly by the government. Swedish government seems to be either bloated or inefficient, given how much tax disappears into it with what looks like little service in relation to the money going into it.
12:39 February 8, 2010 by Tiddler
Agree with the above comments, but more importantly it's a sign of how desperate politicians are to try to revive the economy.

The jobs are gone and are not coming back until either:

1) We have massive protectionism, this just gives a short term boost at the expense of the long term and ultimately everyone suffers through higher prices and less innovation.

or 2) Wages and costs of employment between nations equalise, and the wages of 2 billion Indians, Chinese, whoever, are npot going to go up. That means all Western standards of living MUST come down a long long way until jobs start coming back.

Free moving capital and technology has been a disaster for the people of the West, meanwhile our glorious leaders are still on the gold plated euro gravy train.
12:53 February 8, 2010 by Audrian
Is this a bribe to voters?
01:41 February 16, 2010 by tigger007
if maud wanna give tax breaks! make the tax breaks across the board! sweden needs to help small business with a tax break and give companies tax write-offs for creating jobs.
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