Increase in deductions for health insurance premiums in direct federal tax –

Following a motion by the National, the Federal Council has decided to increase the deductions for health insurance premiums and interest on savings capital in the context of direct federal tax.

Single people will be able to deduct 3000 francs, against 1700 currently. Married couples 6000 francs, against 3500 today. The deductions per child or per needy person will increase from 700 to 1,200 francs.

This project will cost 315 million francs per year to the Confederation and 85 million to the cantons, indicates the Federal Council. A decrease in revenue of 400 million francs per year which worries the government given the financial situation.

A motion by Jean-Pierre Grin

The Federal Council is thus implementing a motion by National Councilor Jean-Pierre Grin (UDC / VD) dating from 2017, and intended to “compensate for the explosion in health insurance premiums”.

National Councilor Jean-Pierre Grin (UDC-VD). [Anthony Anex – Keystone]

The author of the motion then explained that the premiums for compulsory health insurance had increased sharply in recent years throughout Switzerland, while the flat-rate deductions had only been slightly adapted within the framework of the compensation for the progression to cold. Purchasing power has therefore decreased year after year.

Launched on June 11, 2021 by the Federal Council, the consultation procedure ended on October 8, 2021. A majority of participants were in favor of raising the deductions.

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