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Old 21.02.2013, 20:47
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Quellensteuer and health insurance premiums

Hi all,

Sorry if this was asked already, but I couldn't find this precise issue having been discussed before.

Does anybody know whether health insurance premiums are tax deductible and if so, how it works for those paying Quellensteuer?

I just received a statement of the health insurance premiums I paid in 2012, with the comment that "this statement will be useful for your tax return". Obviously I don't do a tax return, as I am taxed at source. So that got me thinking: if the Swiss deduct their premiums from their taxable income, is there a way for Quellensteuer-ers to do the same?

I wrote to the Zurich tax office to ask this, but didn't really understand the answer (I mean, I understand the language, just not whether the answer is yes or no...)
Es ist korrekt, dass diese Zusatzzahlung auch quellensteuerpflichtig ist. Es sind sämtliche geldwerten Leistungen an der Quelle zu besteuern. Die Krankenkassenprämien lassen sich aber steuerlich nicht berücksichtigen. Es können allein diese selbstgetragenen Krankheit- und Unfall-Kosten, welche 4 % des Bruttolohnes übersteigen, von den Steuern berücksichtigen zu lassen. In der Beilage sende ich Ihnen aber trotzdem einen Korrekturantrag. Eventuell haben Sie andere Rückerstattungsgründe, die Sie geltend machen wollen.
Of course, if health insurance premiums are not tax deductible, then the point is moot.
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