Sweden slashes tax on bike repairs to discourage waste

Swedish government makes bold move of heavily cutting VAT on bike and other product repairs to encourage re-use, rather than waste

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The rate of tax on bicycle repairs in Sweden is set to tumble as the country's government is moving to encourage people to repair, re-use and recycle instead of generating waste.

Under the proposals, the current VAT rate of 25 per cent on bike repairs will be reduced to 12 per cent. It is hoped that the move will also encourage new businesses to open up that will offer repair services.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.