Increase in tax deductions for health insurance premiums
The Commission has also discussed two motions calling for an increase in the deductions for health insurance premiums in direct federal tax. The Motion Grin (17,3171), which would like to almost double the current deductions, was transferred with 9 to 3 votes. For the majority of commission members, health insurance premiums are compulsory charges and part of the unavoidable cost of living. Higher deductions are justified by this and by the strong growth in premiums over the last few years. A minority rejects the motion because higher incomes would benefit disproportionately. The motion Lehmann/Regazzi (15,4027), which wants to make self-paid health insurance premiums fully tax deductible according to income, was rejected by 8 votes to 4. The gradation is problematic and complicates the tax system.