Household tax relief retains popularity

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.

Skatteverket has paid out over 10.3 billion kronor ($1.34 billion) to nearly 67,000 companies that have performed the work under the so-called ROT deduction for renovations on the home and RUT deduction for cleaning and home help inside the home.

A year ago, Skatteverket 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 Skatteverket.

“The first year with the invoice model shows that the household deduction has become very popular,” said Daniel Hedin Edlund at the tax agency in a statement. “We have received far more applications than anyone had anticipated.”

For renovation jobs in the first year from July 1st to June 30th, 9.4 billion kronor was paid out to to 55,367 companies. For household work in the first year, 900 million kronor was paid out to 11,398 companies. A total of over 647,935 people bought renovation services and over 238,583 households used household services.

For renovations, taxpayers can receive a tax credit of 50 percent of labour costs up to 100,000 kronor per year. For housework, each taxpayer can receive up to 50,000 kronor in tax reductions per year.

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.