Health Care Reform- 5% tax on Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
The proposed bill would levy a 5% tax on cosmetic surgery procedures.
Consider this: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2008 Statistics, women had 91% of all the cosmetic surgeries performed.
So, let’s see—this bill would be discriminating against women!!!
SEC. 9017. EXCISE TAX ON ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES.
(a) In General- Subtitle D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:
`CHAPTER 49–ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES
‘Sec. 5000B. Imposition of tax on elective cosmetic medical procedures.
‘SEC. 5000B. IMPOSITION OF TAX ON ELECTIVE COSMETIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES.
‘(a) In General- There is hereby imposed on any cosmetic surgery and medical procedure a tax equal to 5 percent of the amount paid for such procedure (determined without regard to this section), whether paid by insurance or otherwise.
‘(b) Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Procedure- For purposes of this section, the term ‘cosmetic surgery and medical procedure’ means any cosmetic surgery (as defined in section 213(d)(9)(B)) or other similar procedure which–
‘(1) is performed by a licensed medical professional, and
‘(2) is not necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring disease.
‘(c) Payment of Tax-
‘(1) IN GENERAL- The tax imposed by this section shall be paid by the individual on whom the procedure is performed.
‘(2) COLLECTION- Every person receiving a payment for procedures on which a tax is imposed under subsection (a) shall collect the amount of the tax from the individual on whom the procedure is performed and remit such tax quarterly to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as provided by the Secretary.
‘(3) SECONDARY LIABILITY- Where any tax imposed by subsection (a) is not paid at the time payments for cosmetic surgery and medical procedures are made, then to the extent that such tax is not collected, such tax shall be paid by the person who performs the procedure.’.
(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of chapters for subtitle D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by this Act, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 48 the following new item:
‘Chapter 49–Elective Cosmetic Medical Procedures’.
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