The Obama administration is planning to implement a new tax on Christmas trees in order to fund a board to market and promote fresh-cut Christmas trees, reports The Hill.
The proposed 15 cent per tree tax on mass producers of Christmas trees would fund the Christmas Tree Promotion Board
The board, originally suggested by Christmas tree producers and importers who fear competition from the growing use of artificial trees, would aim to market the benefits of buying a live, fresh-cut tree.
According to The Christmas Tree Checkoff Task Force agency that suggested the board, it is designed to be an “industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for fresh cut Christmas trees.”
The proposal, listed in the Nov. 8 Federal Register, would exempt producers and importers who produce or import under 500 Christmas trees annually.
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