Swedish tax break lightens the load

18 June 2021

?LCNi recently published a story on how the Swedish Laundry Association, Sveriges Tvätteriförbund, lobbied for and won a significant tax break for households employing the services of professional textile care businesses. Would that governments elsewhere, like in the UK, were so enlightened. A move like this would do a lot to help businesses get back on their feet while providing a valuable service to the community, including many elderly people.

Now, Sveriges Tvätteriförbun has released a video publicising the scheme to the general public. The video is in in Swedish and English version and you can view it here.

Since 1 January, Swedish consumers who turn their laundry over to professional textile service companies are eligible to a tax deduction on 25% of the cost. This is applied to all laundry that would normally be washed at home, and includes minor repairs and transport.

Based on experiences from other service sectors covered by the same law, the deduction is expected to be used by many elderly people and families with children who struggle with work-life balance. However, the deduction is available for everyone who pays their taxes in Sweden, even when the service itself is purchased outside of Sweden.

LCNi readers and Rishi Sunak can catch up on the original story here.

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