Tax elective cosmetic surgery?

plastic surgeryThe Senate healthcare-reform bill includes a proposed 5-percent surtax on elective cosmetic surgery to help finance the package.  School of Law adjunct Professor Ameek Ponda says some will worry about how to draw the line between taxable cosmetic surgery and nontaxable reconstructive surgery.  Line drawing in all tax law, he says, is necessary and important.

“As a matter of tax policy, the proposed excise tax will seem odd to many because it penalizes one form of private behavior over other forms of private behavior. Botany is untaxed, but botox is; Facebook is untaxed, but facelifts are.”

Contact Ameek Ponda, 617-338-2443, aponda@sandw.com

4 Comments

Klaus Cosiak posted on May 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

Interesting Indeed good post!!

Plastic Surgery Guy posted on May 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

There should be taxes for cosmetic surgery with some provisions. If a person has suffered from an accident or suffers from a medical problem cosmetic surgery may be necessary. However, if a person has this type of operation out of purely vanity they should be taxed, just as if they were purchasing jewelry.

Manuel Porras Brand posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

can I use this on my site ?

Manuel Porras Brand posted on May 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Since I want to use some of this, I wont copy it. I will just link back to the Post. Sound ok ?

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