Christmas Tree Tax Announced
November 9, 2011 by staff
The new fee and board were announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday and are set to take effect Wednesday. According to the Agriculture Department announcement, the government will impose a 15-cent-per-tree charge on “producers and importers” of fresh Christmas trees, provided they sell or import more than 500 trees a year.
The money is not meant to pay down the debt or fund any other program. Rather, the Agriculture Department-imposed tax is designed to fund the new Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
The board, proposed earlier this year, is the culmination of a years-long effort by the fresh Christmas tree industry to promote itself, according to the Federal Register. The industry has faced increasing competition from producers of artificial trees, but efforts to collect voluntary contributions for a fresh-tree marketing campaign have repeatedly run out of funding. So the government stepped in to mandate a fee to support the promotion board.
According to the Federal Register, the new board will launch a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace.”
As part of that job, the board has been charged with improving the image of both Christmas trees and the industry itself. After three years, an industry-wide referendum will be held to determine whether to renew the program.
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