All animals are equal
Former PM maxes out on tax break he opposed.
Former Prime Minister Göran Persson protested bitterly against the current government plans to give tax breaks for people using domestic services such as cleaning or gardening - but now it has been revealed that Persson is making maximum use of the tax break he opposed.
Persson, a Social Democrat, and wife Anitra Steen, have claimed the highest possible tax break for domestic services. They deducted 12,985 kronor ($2,036) on services that cost them 51,938 kronor, according to Aftonbladet.
In a pre-election televised debate in 2006 with the then opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt, Persson expressed distaste for the tax breaks.
"The Swedish people should not have to pay for Reinfeldt's cleaning," he said at the time.
The papers from the tax authority do not reveal the kind of service for which Persson claimed the tax deduction.
Hat tip to The Local
So why do I not feel surprised? Social democrates has always been among the heaviest users of tax deductions, freer market laws and other non- socialistic legislations done by the opposing political forces when they are in power (I stretch as far as calling them "not-so-socialistic").
Former PM Persson has by being a professional politician all his life scraped together several million Euros. This is a guy that has not had an honest job in his whole life! And when he was PM he was all hot air, speaking of the avarage Sven Sixpack having to show solidarity with those with "lesser means". Taking Sweden to a record high tax- rate of 56% (well actually Olof Palme also a former social democratic PM had it so that marginal taxes could be up to 106%- but that was in special cases). All those million of Euros is taxpayers money! Do you hear me Göran sitting in your twenty room mansion?
I did not think so...