Today, the so-called Ruth deduction covers household work, which includes, among other things, home laundry services. If a person comes to your home and washes in the home's washing machine, the work is entitled to a tax deduction. However, if you leave the same laundry to a professional laundry, you will have to pay the full cost of the service. Reasonability can be highly questioned.
For professional laundries, optimization of energy, water and chemicals is part of the business model itself. The companies' quality-assured processes are fully set to reduce the use of resources during the wash and are also supervised by the local environmental committees. All members of the Swedish Textile Service Association are authorized by Sweco Environment. Emissions from many small washing machines, probably overdosed according to available studies, are likely to have a completely different environmental impact.
In addition, we can consider the justice aspect. Villas usually have their own washing machine, all apartments do not have it. Unlike, for example, cleaning, the laundry does not need to be done in the home. On the contrary! It can even make it easier for the individual if the home, in this case, does not have to be a workplace with the requirement to suit the times of others.
A reform for pensioners and families with children
If the Ruth deduction is to help the elderly who cannot do the laundry on their own and families with children who do not get the life-long task together, we must find solutions that suit everyone. If the Ruth deduction is to contribute to increased employment at the same time, there is no reason whatsoever to limit the service to the home's laundry room. Today's situation hardly promotes increased quality, environmental friendliness and specialization.
An entry into the labor market
The Swedish laundry and textile service industry has more than 5 employees and is a growth industry with great potential. According to the latest industry report, the workforce has increased by 000 percent since 20. The industry employs to a large extent young people, people without post-secondary education and people who have not established themselves in the labor market. For example, the laundry companies employ many people with foreign backgrounds who have recently come to Sweden and who need to enter and develop in the labor market. The routing deduction has a great potential for increasing the employment rate in this entire group.
It's time for Ruth to move away from home. Allowing Ruth's deduction to include laundry services even outside the home is a fairly small and logical step. It would, however, make a big difference for needy groups such as pensioners and families with children. They could easily get help without having to leave their home for work. At the same time, the change would make a big difference to ensure continued growth and new jobs in the industry.
In addition, there is much evidence that a change in the Ruth deduction in this direction would sustain itself financially with increased tax revenue in the form of VAT and increased employment and reduced labor market policy expenses. It provides good conditions for a welcome reform.
Jan Kluge, President
Tor-Björn Angin, Vice Chairman
Swedish Textile Service Association