Can municipalities justify their fiscal policy? Part II

They cannot, as simple at is sounds.

Today I received an answer, if we can call it like this, from the municipality I contacted last week.

Here follow their reply. It seems they just copied and pasted what you can find on the  tax office website. Not a single comment or attempt to explain the criminal tax regime we have in Sweden.

They don’t care if households and firms are getting poorer every year and their debt ratio is constantly increasing.

I am afraid this is Sweden today (at least 95%), live in your pound and subdue to the society, never ask, never think.

 

Here it comes the e-mail I received (I translated it and added some comments).

Hey!

Please see below the answers to your questions about different taxes.

First point: 33% municipal tax.
In the municipality, municipal tax is 21:35, the remainder is tax to the region for health care, public transport, etc., 11:55.
This Municipality is in 95th place in the country for municipal tax rates. The lowest tax rate is in Solna (17:12) and the highest tax rate is in Dorotea (23:85).

It is quite irrelevant how it is divided, the problem is that on third of an individual monthly salary is mugged.

There is an equalisation system that will equalise structural differences between the municipalities. These structural differences may be due to socio-economic, demographic and geographical differences. The equalisation system shall provide conditions for municipalities to operate on similar economic terms. Now it is not quite the case, the size of the municipality affects, the ambition of politicians and other external factors affect the costs and thus the tax rate. The efficiency of the municipality’s organization is also a part of the whole.

It is indeed true that the Swedish central government has decentralised large part of its balance to local governments (such as regions and municipalities), this is one of the main factor contributing to the worsening financial conditions of the private sector.
If you know the basics of macroeconomics, you may recognise that these fiscal imbalances are generated by the wrong economic policies of the central government. They should never exist under a fiat regime (Sovereign Government and Fiscal Policy).
I liked this “ambition of politicians”, the only thing I can see is ignorance.

There are many different reasons for choosing a place of residence such as job opportunities, housing prices and close proximity to relatives and friends.

So, it is acceptable to decrease your monthly income by 3% by moving 200 km, is it?
Second point: property tax.
The property fee amounts to 7812 kr / year (income year 2018) or max 0.75% of the tax value of a single house. The Swedish Tax Agency uses the data in the property declaration to calculate the tax value. I would recommend that you contact the Swedish Tax Agency if you have additional questions regarding the tax value.

Thank you for the copy-paste from the Swedish tax office website. Any reaction to the fact the tax is regressive, unfair and detrimental?

Regards,
xxx

xxx xxx
CFO

Municipal administration / Finance

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