Can Congress Levy a Tax on Christmas?

It’s that time of year again — the Christmas tree tax has reared.

Congress considers a tax on Christmas Trees

Congress considers a tax on Christmas Trees (Media Credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

Congressional members are mulling a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees, a small but significant line-item mention in the current farm bill weaving through the House, the Heritage Foundation reported in its blog, The Foundry.

This isn’t the first time Congress has tried to impose the fee. A couple years ago, members broached the topic and brought forth a tax measure — but they were beaten back by negative press and public outcry.

But the tax proposal is back again. This time, the fee would come courtesy of the farm bill’s establishment of a Christmas Tree Promotion Board, with a mission “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States,” The Foundry reported.

Read more: – Washington Times
Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree

As Heritage expert Daren Bakst has said:

A 15-cent tax may not seem like much. However, taxes are a death by a thousand cuts. One of those cuts shouldn’t come from the Christmas tree. One way to actually hurt the image of the Christmas tree is to make it a symbol of taxation during the holiday season.

Congress might as well throw in a jingle bell tax, too. That’s how farm-related a lot of the “farm” bill is. The “farm” policies Congress is considering include:

Congress may agree to consider a new farm bill any time now. As it is, taxpayers could be looking at a trillion-dollar, subsidy-filled disaster—complete with a Christmas tree tax. Humbug.

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