You are entitled to deduct labour costs for certain household and renovation services (håndværkerfradrag) carried out in your home or holiday home. Below is a list of these tax-deductible services. 

If you would like to claim a tax deduction for household services etc. for 2019, the service must be paid for no later than 29 February 2020. The deduction must be reported in E-tax (TastSelv) no later than 1 May 2020.

In 2020, every person is entitled to a deduction for household services of up to DKK 6,200 (DKK 6,100 in 2019)

In 2020, every individual is entitled to a deduction for renovation services of up to DKK 12,500 (DKK 12,200 in 2019).

  • You can only deduct the labour costs including VAT (not materials).
  • Payments must be made electronically, such as by dankort, MobilePay, online banking (not cash).
  • You must save the documentation for the service that was carried out.
  • The value of the deduction is around 26%. This means that if your tax deduction is DKK 3,000, you save around DKK 780 in tax.

Report tax deduction for household services etc.


To claim a tax deduction for work carried out in 2019, you must pay for the work no later than 29 February 2020.

In case of a later payment date, you will get the deduction in the income year when the payment was made.

Ordinary cleaning

  • Wash-down and wiping of surfaces in the home
  • Cleaning of toilet and bath/shower
  • Vacuum-cleaning, floor washing and floor polishing
  • Dishwashing, clothes washing and ironing
  • Cleaning or washing of carpets, curtains, blinds, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not possible to deduct expenses for au pairs living in the home where the work is carried out.

Window cleaning

  • Inside the building
  • Outside the building

Babysitting

  • Babysitting in the home or holiday home (not homework assistance)
  • Dropping off and picking up children from their daycare institution, school, leisure activities

Ordinary gardening work, etc.

  • Lawn mowing
  • Hedge cutting
  • Weeding
  • Trimming of bushes and trees (not tree felling or removal of fallen trees)
  • Snow clearing
  • Cleaning of paving slabs in terraces, driveways etc. (cleaning of roof gutters is not deductible)

PLEASE NOTE: You are not entitled to a tax deduction if you have rented out your holiday home. Read more under Holiday homes

Exterior paint work (excluding roofs), such as:

  • Painting of window frames (outside)
  • Painting of doors (outside)
  • Painting of exterior walls

Painting of overhangs, barge boards and fascia boards are not deductible.

PLEASE NOTE: Indoor paint work is not tax deductible.

Roof insulation, for example:

  •  Carports, garages and conservatories (if the roof is part of the same roof construction as the house)

You do not get a tax deduction for reestablishing the construction. As a result, you are not entitled to a deduction for replacing the roof even if it is part of a re-insulation.

Repairing and improving of chimney, such as:

  • Fitting of insulating lining
  • Fitting of filter
  • Fitting of smoke absorber
  • Change of chimney height

Replacement of windows, panes and terrace glass doors, such as:

  • New windows and panes
  • New terrace doors and French windows mostly made of glass
  • Double windows
  • Replacement of windows and doors in conservatories

You are not entitled to a tax deduction for:

  • Window holes made into door holes or vice versa
  • New window or door holes
  • Repairing of window frames etc.

Replacement of exterior doors, terrace doors, etc., such as:

  • New doors (door locks are only deductible when replacing exterior doors and terrace doors)

Insulation of exterior walls, such as:

  • Insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation

You do not get a tax deduction for reestablishing the construction, except for closing up holes into which the insulation was injected.

Insulation of floors, for instance:

  • Insulation of ground decks and crawl spaces underneath floors

You do not get a tax deduction for reestablishing the construction. This means that you do not get a deduction for laying a new floor even if it is part of a re-insulation project.

Removal of wood-burner:

  • Removing an existing wood-burner or fireplace insert (this includes the removal and disposal of the wood-burner/fireplace insert as well as bricking up the hole in the chimney where the unit was connected)

A tax deduction is not allowed for paint work following the removal.

You are only entitled to a deduction if a certified chimney sweep reports that the wood-burner is no longer in use and you did not already get a subsidy for scrapping it. 

Installation or replacement of heating control system, such as:

  • Thermostatic radiator valves
  • Weather compensation system
  • Time control
  • Replacement of radiators (not electric radiators)

A tax deduction is not allowed for installation of underfloor heating and pipe layout.

Work related to solar panels, solar cells and domestic wind turbines:

  • Installation, repair or replacement of solar panels
  • Installation, repair or replacement of solar cells - however, not if the rules for commercial business are applied
  • Installation, repair or replacement of domestic wind turbines - however, not if the rules for commercial business are applied

A tax deduction on work related to solar panels and domestic wind turbines is not allowed if you are already receiving operating aid for the plants.

Repair or replacement of gas boilers and heating systems, except from oil furnaces, bio boilers, pellet burners, biomass boilers and solid fuel boilers, such as: 

  • Solar heating systems: The entire solar heating system, including the hot water tank
  • Water heaters in connection with installation of boilers, etc.
  • Fitting of branch connection

A tax deduction is not allowed for repair or replacement of oil furnaces, bio boilers, pellet burners, biomass boilers and solid fuel boilers. 

Replacement or repair of district heating units

Installation of heat pumps, including ground heat pumps, for example: 

  • Heat pumps, including air-to-air heat pumps with or without cooling function
  • Ground heating: The entire ground heating system, including underground pipe

Installation or improvement of ventilation system, for example:

  • Balanced ventilation system with heat recovery

Installation or improvement of certain drainage installations and systems, for example:

  • Sewer work on your own land
  • Replacement of sewer pipes
  • Establishing or replacing drains
  • Replacement of holding tank
  • Percolation plant
  • Micro water purification plant
  • Root zone treatment plant
  • Anti-flood valves
  • Rainwater drainage systems

You do not get a tax deduction for sewer inspection.

Radon protection, for example:

  • Radon removal

Connection to broadband:

  • Burying and inserting cables on your own land
  • Setting up reception equipment for mobile and landline wireless broadband on exterior surfaces

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot get a tax deduction if you have received a broadband grant from the Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen).

Installation of security alarm

PLEASE NOTE: You can only get a deduction for installation expenses and any discounts are non-deductible. You are not entitled to a deduction for the cost of buying the security alarm itself.

  • Installation of intelligent heating, ventilation and light control
  • Solar control for windows and glass doors
  • Energy consultancy on energy improvements
  • Replacement of solid paving with permeable paving
  • Securing of exterior doors and windows against flooding
  • Installation of charging plug for electric cars
  • Mapping and removal of building parts containing asbestos, PCB and lead

Please see our legal guide (in Danish) for further legal information.