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alternative spring budget

Greens no longer reject rebate on household services

Published lördag 30 april 2011 kl 18.00
Mikaela Valtersson, Green party economic spokesperson. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix.

The Green party has changed its mind on the controversial tax rebate on household services, the so called RUT. The rebate was one of the clear dividing lines between the two political blocs in last year's election.

Now the Greens say they are no longer against the possibility for people to subtract costs for household services such as housecleaning, gardening and home childcare from their tax bill.

"We have previously wanted to abolish RUT, but have proposed lowering the sales tax for the same sector. It is a way to deal with the same problem - to encourage the service sector and see to that new jobs are created there. Now we see that the RUT-deduction has existed for a couple of years and that it has worked pretty well," Mikaela Waltersson, Green party economic spokesperson told Swedish Television News.

The proposal is included in the party's alternative spring budget, which will be presented on Tuesday. There will not be a joint red-green spring budget this year, and by accepting the tax rebate on household services, the Greens seem to take one step further away from the Left party, which strongly rejects this rebate.

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