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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When is a tax not a tax?

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The American Government’s Department of Agriculture, commonly called the USDA, has just announced that they will delay a decision on putting a 15 cent levy on the sale of live, or what we’d call fresh cut Christmas trees until after their next Presidential election.

Now you can easily be forgiven thinking that 15 cents per tree doesn’t sound like a lot of money, and I mention this because of similarities between the way our Carbon Tax is being sold to Australians.

In 2007 Americans bought 31 Million fresh cut trees for Christmas but that was down 6 million trees from 1991 so the various industry groups have come up with this plan in conjunction with the government.

The USDA calls it a consumer levy that is to be charged by the industry to create a new $2million industry body to advertise and promote the live fresh cut tress over artificial trees.

They will continue spin this as an industry body charging a small fee, but this is actually the USDA imposing a 15 cent tax to create a new government department.

If you multiply 15 cents by 31 million trees you quickly realise that someone is actually collecting more than 4 point 6 million dollars

So it is not a tax, and it is good for the people?


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I’m Michael Robinson

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