Sweden proposes tax breaks for repairing things, extra tax on unrepairable things

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Sweden's ruling coalition of Social Democrat and Green parties has a tax plan that will make it cheaper to fix broken things and more expensive to buy things that can't be fixed after they break.

From FastCo:

The proposed legislation would cut regular tax on repairs of bikes, clothes, and shoes from 25% to 12%. Swedes would also be able to claim half the labor cost of appliance repairs (refrigerators, washing machines and other white goods) from their income tax. Together, these tax cuts are expected to cost the country around $54 million per year. This will be more than paid for by the estimated $233 million brought in by a new "chemical tax," which would tax the resources that go into making new goods and computers.

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  1. Vert says:

    It’s a worthy goal to incentivize product design that promotes repair, but I’m leery of this approach because it seems likely to be a regressive tax. (“Resources that go into goods” is broad enough to cover just about anything anyone buys; and proportionally, poorer people spend more of their income than richer people.)

  2. Recycling will also gain tax breaks.

  3. Planned obsolescence is a scheme fit only for the lives of it's progenitors.

    But I suppose this response is more civilized.

  4. Kimmo says:

    Fuck yeah. Go Sweden.

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