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H.R. 81: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for health insurance premiums.

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 3, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 81

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 3, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for health insurance premiums.

1.

Deduction for health insurance premiums

(a)

In general

Part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by redesignating section 224 as section 225 and by inserting after section 223 the following new section:

224.

Deduction for health insurance premiums

In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction for the taxable year amounts paid by the taxpayer for insurance which constitutes medical care (as defined in section 213(d)) for the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s spouse and dependents. No amount allowed as a deduction under the preceding sentence shall be taken into account in determining any deduction or credit otherwise allowable to the taxpayer (or any other taxpayer) under this chapter.

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(b)

Deduction allowed whether or not individual itemizes other deductions

Subsection (a) of section 62 of such Code is amended by inserting before the last sentence at the end the following new paragraph:

(22)

Deduction for health insurance premiums

The deduction allowed by section 224.

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by redesignating the item relating to section 224 as an item relating to section 225 and by inserting after the item relating to section 223 the following new item:

Sec. 224. Deduction for health insurance premiums.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.