Money matters: child benefits and taxing non-renewables

Voters overwhelmingly rejected plans to scrap the main consumer tax and replace it by a levy on non-renewable energy on March 8, 2015. An initiative to make child allowances and education benefits tax deductible also failed to win support.    

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Key facts

About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the March 8 votes.

About 194,000 people, mainly Swiss expatriates, were allowed to participate in ongoing trials with electronic voting.

Votes and elections also took place on a broad range of issues in numerous cantons and communes across the country.

It was the first in series of up to three nationwide ballots this year.