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Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree

Posted By Amy Payne On December 6, 2013 @ 6:30 am In Capitol Hill,Economics,Front Page | Comments Disabled

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?

The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Its purpose [1] would be “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.”

And it would be funded by a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees—which sellers are free to pass on to you, the Bob Cratchits of America.

A couple of years ago, after significant backlash—in large part due to the efforts of The Heritage Foundation [2]—the Administration backed off and issued a stay [3] of this tax. But now Congress could make the tax a reality as the House and Senate work out differences between their farm bills [4].

See 8 more things that could go wrong with the farm bill >>> [5]

As Heritage expert Daren Bakst has said [1]:

A 15-cent tax may not seem like much. However, taxes are a death by a thousand cuts. One of those cuts shouldn’t come from the Christmas tree. One way to actually hurt the image of the Christmas tree is to make it a symbol of taxation during the holiday season.

Congress might as well throw in a jingle bell tax, too. That’s how farm-related a lot of the “farm” bill is. The “farm” policies Congress is considering include:

Congress may agree to consider a new farm bill any time now. As it is, taxpayers could be looking at a trillion-dollar, subsidy-filled disaster—complete with a Christmas tree tax. Humbug.

Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad [9].

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[1] purpose: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/04/obamas-christmas-tree-tax-is-back/

[2] efforts of The Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/08/obama-couldnt-wait-his-new-christmas-tree-tax/

[3] issued a stay: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/17/2011-29713/christmas-tree-promotion-research-and-information-order-stay-of-regulations?utm_content=header&utm_medium=slideshow&utm_source=homepage

[4] differences between their farm bills: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/10/sound-farm-bill-separate-agriculture-policy-and-food-stamps

[5] See 8 more things that could go wrong with the farm bill >>>: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/12/8-things-to-watch-for-in-the-farm-bill

[6] massive growth in food stamp spending: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/04/the-facts-on-the-farm-bills-food-stamp-cuts/

[7] Ultra-high-speed broadband access: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/05/farm-bill-giveaways-underwear-flatulence-manure/

[8] for doing absolutely nothing: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=133118

[9] Heritage Libertad: http://www.libertad.org/

[10] A symbol of compassion and equality: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/05/nelson-mandela-symbol-compassion-equality/

[11] bad for workers and the economy: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/12/unprecedented-minimum-wage-hike-would-hurt-jobs-and-the-economy

[12] Learn about the issue: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/12/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-pitfalls-and-promises

[13] They don’t want it: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/192132-young-invincibles-spurn-enrollment

[14] Are you one of them: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/05/obamacare-hurts-holiday-budget/

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