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Swedish Companies Cheat on Household Services

Published tisdag 2 oktober 2007 kl 11.58

A Swedish Radio news survey of companies offering household services claims that many are willing to cheat on their bills – a heavy blow at this Nordic nation’s reputation of respect for honesty and following the rules.

The study insists that many companies offering maids, nannies and gardeners are more than willing to write out bills which skip over the restrictions.

Some critics argue that the rules are too rigid – permitting tax deducutions for those mowing the lawn but not for chopping down a tree in the back yard.

Other critics denounce the whole system, maintaining that wealthy and middle classes should not  get tax deductions at all for hiring helping hands – since this returns Sweden to the beyone days when the rich didn’t have to do their own housework – and the lower class did it for them.

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