The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Policy Issues Regarding the Repeal Debate

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Employer-provided health insurance is excluded from the determination of employees' federal income taxes, resulting in significant tax savings for many workers. The federal income tax exclusion -- the focus of this report -- is criticized for several reasons. These arguments about the exclusion merit careful consideration as Congress is starting to debate broad health care reform for the first time in 15 years. This report discusses this issue at length, including advantages and disadvantages to keeping the income tax inclusion as Congress undergoes the health policy reform process.

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Lyke, Bob November 21, 2008.

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Employer-provided health insurance is excluded from the determination of employees' federal income taxes, resulting in significant tax savings for many workers. The federal income tax exclusion -- the focus of this report -- is criticized for several reasons. These arguments about the exclusion merit careful consideration as Congress is starting to debate broad health care reform for the first time in 15 years. This report discusses this issue at length, including advantages and disadvantages to keeping the income tax inclusion as Congress undergoes the health policy reform process.

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  • November 21, 2008

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Lyke, Bob. The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Policy Issues Regarding the Repeal Debate, report, November 21, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc26302/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.