With a cantonal initiative and corresponding statements to the federal government, Lucerne is to campaign for the rapid introduction of individual taxation independent of marital status. On Monday, the cantonal council declared an SP motion and a GLP postulate – against the will of the center and SVP.
The council supported the motion by Simone Brunner (SP), who advocates a cantonal initiative on individual taxation independent of marital status, with 54 to 47 votes. The postulate of Riccarda Schaller (GLP), which instructs the government council to advocate for the federal government, passed with 54 to 46 votes.
Increase political pressure
The government writes in the answers to the requests that the matter has long since arrived in the Federal Palace. Nevertheless, she supported both of them – to increase the political pressure that had already built up
In the fall of 2019, the Federal Council issued an interpretation of the abolition of the “marriage penalty”. It turned out that the crux lies in the specific design of individual taxation. In addition, a popular initiative for the creation of individual taxation was launched, and cantons had already passed or submitted cantonal initiatives.
Cohabiting couples have a tax advantage
The Government Council points out that it has already spoken out in favor of individual taxation in the past, but without committing itself to a specific model.
In Switzerland, married couples and same-sex couples living in a registered partnership are taxed together. If both people are gainfully employed, they are taxed more heavily than cohabiting couples with two separate tax assessments because of the progression.
Efforts needed at all levels
As a result, many wives reduce their gainful employment or do without it for tax reasons. The motionmaker is convinced that this was accompanied by a career stop, financial dependency and poverty in old age. For both pioneers, individual taxation brings equality between men and women in tax law and the breaking up of traditional role models.
Ylfete Fanaj said it was very important for the SP that women could stay in the workforce. It needs “finally” a system change. And that requires efforts at all levels.
FDP clear for individual taxation
Heidi Scherer (FDP) also emphasized that everyone was asked to increase the necessary pressure. Individual taxation is an important issue that must “finally” become a reality.
Andreas Bärtschi (FDP) said that individual taxation is a long-standing concern. He was also of the opinion that the professional initiative would increase the pressure in Bern, create more tax justice and promote equality.
Judith Schmutz (Greens) wanted to give Switzerland a “push” by supporting the initiatives. Fabrizio Misticoni (Greens) praised the government’s “progressive attitude”.
Center group criticizes “considerable additional effort”
The center and SVP parliamentary groups each submitted a motion to reject the proposal. Armin Hartmann (SVP) said the marriage penalty could be abolished more easily, individual taxation was the wrong way. For Bernadette Rüttimann (middle), the problem lies with the marriage penalty at federal level. The middle faction also criticized the “considerable additional effort” in the introduction of individual taxation.
Yes, the conversion process should be significant, said Heidi Scherer (FDP). But that is no reason not to address the problem. (SDA)