Christmas Tree Tax Announced

November 9, 2011 by staff 

Christmas Tree Tax Announced, The Obama administration has imposed a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees in order to pay for a new board tasked with promoting the Christmas tree industry.

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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One Response to “Christmas Tree Tax Announced”

  1. Danita on November 9th, 2011 8:50 pm

    I’m against any new taxes for what ever reason. We’re taxed to the max now! If you really take a look at all of the taxes added on to utilities, phones, cable, retail, food, and clothing. Did I leave anything out? Well the government sure hasn’t. The sad part of it all is that we never see any good done with the money. And, if there is a deficit, we didn’t create it. The knuckle heads running our governments did. So, let’s do a pay garnishment from all of them. It would certainly make them more accountable. Oops! they’d probably just raise their salaries to double and that would be that. Oh well! So much for that idea….