The holidays are nearly upon us and just when you thought Christmas wasn’t expensive enough, President Obama has tacked on a Christmas tree tax sure to get you in the holiday spirit. With property tax, income tax and sales tax which we already pay, it sure seems like chopping down that tree in your backyard might be the best idea this year.
How much is the Christmas tree tax and what’s it for? Read on!
Okay, okay. The Christmas tree tax that was announced yesterday is only 15 cents, but it’s the principle of the matter that gets me. Christmas is a time to spread good cheer and not tax us even more. Yea, granted the tax isn’t outrageous, but 15 cents could turn into 15 dollars in the blink of an eye. And guess what? We’d pay it because what’s a Christmas without a Christmas tree?
The 15 cent tax by the Agriculture Department was instituted to help market the holiday season (does it need to be marketed any further?) and will be imposed on trees coming from farms that sell 500 trees or more. The tax will be handled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Like many Americans, David S. Addington of the Heritage Foundation isn’t onboard with the Christmas tree tax:
The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?
Obama sure seems like the Grinch. What do you think of the Christmas tree tax?
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