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NYC Panel Mulls Tax on Cosmetic Surgery
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Posted on 02/15/2004 2:34:45 PM PST by freepatriot32

NEW YORK (Feb. 13) - A tummy tuck may someday make a cosmetic surgery patient's wallet thinner, too, if a New York City tax panel has its way.

Imposing sales tax on Botox treatments, breast surgery and other cosmetic procedures could bring in $62 million in revenue for the city, according to the Independent Budget Office.

The suggestion was among nearly 70 options included in a report released by the publicly funded, nonpartisan agency on Thursday.

"The business of cosmetic enhancements, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States," the report said, adding that the number of procedures more than quadrupled between 1997 and 2001.

Cosmetic procedures such as collagen injections and laser treatments are not subject to sales tax now because they are considered medical procedures, the agency said.

Another suggestion in the report was a "latte tax" similar to the 10-cent tax on coffee drinks that Seattle voters recently rejected. The agency said such a tax could bring in $12 million a year in New York.

Other tax or cost-cutting options included restoring the commuter tax, reinstating fares on the Staten Island ferry, eliminating transportation for private school students and reducing the number of paid holidays for city workers.

The office of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was not impressed by the proposals, spokesman Jordan Barowitz told The New York Times.

"Where's the plan to buy 50,000 lottery tickets?" he asked.

On the Net:

http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; cosmetic; idiot; micheal; mulls; nyc; on; panel; socialism; surgery; tax; taxes
hmm I geuss it the thought nevr entered there minds that if you are rich enough to get elective vanity cosmitic surgury that you might just possibly be rich enough to pay the tolls in the tunnel to go to new jersey to get your butt fat sucked out leaving the city coffers with a wopping total of zero from this new tax.

WTF is wrong with NY politicians do they have to get a lobotomy before legally taking office or what?

1 posted on 02/15/2004 2:34:46 PM PST by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32
Yeah tax everything. Will the last working person to leave NY please turn off the lights?
2 posted on 02/15/2004 2:36:17 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Man rises to greatness if greatness is expected of him)
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To: freepatriot32
And why do I expect that **every** cosmetic surgeon in NYC will retain offices in the city for consulting purposes only, with the actual procedure to be performed in NJ or CT.

The cretinous and corrupt clowns of the Council ride again. Bah!

3 posted on 02/15/2004 2:38:15 PM PST by SAJ
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To: freepatriot32
The guys who draw up these idiot notions are, uh, CoreDemocrats(tm), who went to NYC public skoolz, live in the 'hood, and will never draw a paycheck from the private sector.

OBVIOUSLY, there'd be a mini-property boom in Jersey City, as all the plastic surgeons set up offices there.

4 posted on 02/15/2004 2:38:20 PM PST by NativeNewYorker ( Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Will the last working person to leave NY please turn off the lights?

That would be a government employee. They'll leave the lights on, the water running, and the printer on. The PC will be off because they'll steal that.

5 posted on 02/15/2004 2:38:53 PM PST by evolved_rage (All your base are belong to us.)
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To: freepatriot32
Exactly My thought as soon as I heard about this a few days ago. Doctors will leave town or setup office right across the river or just outside of the city.

Politicians = Morons = the people that elect them
6 posted on 02/15/2004 2:39:53 PM PST by erinjohn (IN FERRO, VERITAS.)
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To: freepatriot32
Other tax or cost-cutting options included restoring the commuter tax...

What is the "commuter tax"? I only hear it in relation to New York City. Is it an extra income tax charged to workers in the city who live outside?

7 posted on 02/15/2004 2:40:32 PM PST by KarlInOhio (The idea of five Supreme Court justices appointed by President Kerry chills me to the bone.)
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To: freepatriot32
Something like this is being mulled in Atlanta, Georgia. The city officials there want to impose a 1% tax on car dealerships inside the city limits, so any car sold from these dealerships would have the tax applied. Neal Boortz commented that it is easy for an individual to drive 3-4 miles out of their way to go across the city limit and buy a car there, saving $200 or more.
8 posted on 02/15/2004 2:41:05 PM PST by xrp
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To: freepatriot32
This mental masterpiece will become yet the latest victim of the "Americans With Disabilities Act."

It is discriminatory on its face (no pun intended, of course).....

9 posted on 02/15/2004 2:41:25 PM PST by tracer (ay)
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To: KarlInOhio
Yes, it was a New York City income tax for non-residents. Rate was .45%, compared to 4.65% for city residents.
10 posted on 02/15/2004 2:42:01 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: erinjohn
The plastic surgeons are ALREADY doing a lot of their procedures out of NY.

Why? No 4% New York City income tax for the dubious priviledge of working in NY! Oh and that's ON TOP OF federal income tax and the massive New York STATE income tax, the worst tax situation in the USA.

11 posted on 02/15/2004 2:43:59 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Man rises to greatness if greatness is expected of him)
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To: freepatriot32
Make it a Federal tax. Nancy Pelosi could've balanced the budget by herself.
12 posted on 02/15/2004 2:44:53 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: freepatriot32
In related news, Michael Jackson has put his multi-million dollar Park Avenue apartment up for sale.
13 posted on 02/15/2004 2:45:16 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: xrp
Something like this is being mulled in Atlanta, Georgia. The city officials there want to impose a 1% tax on car dealerships inside the city limits, so any car sold from these dealerships would have the tax applied. Neal Boortz commented that it is easy for an individual to drive 3-4 miles out of their way to go across the city limit and buy a car there, saving $200 or more.

We did that with the Honda Pilot we just bought, only we drove 3-4,000 miles from California to New Hampshire, and saved $2,850 in sales tax. We live here now too, for that matter.

14 posted on 02/15/2004 2:48:17 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: proxy_user
Thanks, that's why I could never figure it out. In Ohio, the city where the work is done gets the first cut and city of residence gets any leftover from a higher rate. I pay 1.5% where I work and 0.25% where I live because my local rate is 1.75%.
15 posted on 02/15/2004 2:49:40 PM PST by KarlInOhio (The idea of five Supreme Court justices appointed by President Kerry chills me to the bone.)
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To: freepatriot32

Jocelyne can balance the budget, any budget.

16 posted on 02/15/2004 2:50:48 PM PST by John Beresford Tipton
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To: freepatriot32
Another suggestion in the report was a "latte tax" similar to the 10-cent tax on coffee drinks that Seattle voters recently rejected.

A major problem (as if taxing everything isn't a problem in itself) is that the tax was in no way related to pre-kindergarten, or some sort of early day care, schooling that it was to support.
17 posted on 02/15/2004 2:51:15 PM PST by lelio
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To: freepatriot32
the thought nevr entered there minds that if you are rich enough to get elective vanity cosmitic surgury that you might just possibly be rich enough to pay the tolls in the tunnel to go to new jersey

That seems to be a general failing in the mental processes of people who went to law school. It's as if the concept of people altering their behavior in response to incentives totally escapes them. They put little fences around what people are doing now, and then act all surprised when people respond by climbing over the fences or going around them.

Everybody but the lawyers predicted that McCain-Feingold would result in new and exciting ways to funnel money to candidates. But they passed the thing anyway. Now the average Joe is limited in what he can do, but George Soros can donate millions. I'll bet most lawyers in the legislature never saw that coming. And these lawyers in New York will be astounded when the plastic surgeons all move their practice to New Jersey or Connecticut.


18 posted on 02/15/2004 2:52:47 PM PST by Nick Danger (Spotted owl tastes like chicken)
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To: freepatriot32
"Where's the plan to buy 50,000 lottery tickets?" he asked.

Someone needs to slap Bloomie. He's way too full of himself.

19 posted on 02/15/2004 2:54:41 PM PST by Glenn (What were you thinking, Al?)
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To: freepatriot32
At least Michael Moore's wallet is safe until NYC decides to tax grungy, putrid, corpulent porkers.
20 posted on 02/15/2004 2:54:42 PM PST by AF68
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To: KarlInOhio
My neighbor works in New York City and pays to live outside of New York City. It's New York City's way of punishing him!
21 posted on 02/15/2004 2:59:04 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: freepatriot32
WTF is wrong with NY politicians do they have to get a lobotomy before legally taking office or what?

Things just get stranger and stranger here in NYC. The truth is that all the post-911 policies are killing the local economy and eroding the tax base. This town has always been insanely liberal but it has taken on a new urgency of late. I think that NYC is in big trouble. Whoever comes in after Bloomy will probably be a Democrat and it will get worse. The cost of living here for the average Joe has gone up 20 % or more in the last 3 years, or so it seems to me.

22 posted on 02/15/2004 3:06:39 PM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: tracer
This mental masterpiece will become yet the latest victim of the "Americans With Disabilities Act."

The irony here is incredible. Politicos on both sides relish the thought of extracting any tax possible from anyone to further line their pockets. They have also created this spurious little AWDA which, on it's face seems a worthy cause until you scratch deeper. Regardless, it also has served the interests of said politicos. Now the creation of one may spearhead the movement of the other to their detriment. Not much of a lawsuit cheerleader here but this time I say, Go for it.

23 posted on 02/15/2004 3:14:29 PM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: freepatriot32
NYC Panel Mulls Tax on Cosmetic Surgery and plastic surgeons in Southern Connecticut and Northern New Jersey rub their hand together in glee and anticipation.
24 posted on 02/16/2004 7:44:42 AM PST by upchuck (Ta-ray-za now gets to execute her "maiming of choice." I'm hoping for eye gouging, how 'bout you?)
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