Written on Monday, October 01, 2007 by Jessica
The state legislature has passed an increase in income tax, from 3.9% to 4.35%. Necessary, I suppose, given the state's $1 billion budget deficit. They've also been kicking around the idea of taxing services, but I never believed they'd actually do it. I was wrong. Effective December 1, there will be a 6% tax on services.
I'm so ticked off. I'm concerned that I'm going to have to start charging a service tax for anything I do in connection with my web design business. I don't even know how to properly collect and submit such taxes. This is a PITA.
Here is a partial list of some of the more interesting services being taxed (click here for a full list):
- Astrology services
- Baby shoe bronzing services [Yup, they specifically mentioned baby shoe bronzing.]
- Balloon-o-gram services [I'm not making this one up, either. Michigan legislators prefer the term "balloon-o-gram services" over "balloon-delivery services."]
- Business service center services [Sounds redundant, no?]
- Coin-operated blood pressure testing machine services [They better start making a 26.5-cent coin so that I don't have to carry around extra change just to check my blood pressure.]
- Coin-operated personal service machine services [Personal service machine? When I was in college, I heard that the local porn store had little coin-operated booths where you could watch special "programming" while servicing yourself. I wonder if that qualifies.]
- Comfort station operation services [Huh? What's a comfort station? Maybe that's what they called the coin-operated booths I mentioned above.]
- Fortune-telling services
- Numerology services
- Palm reading services
- Phrenology services [So if you're planning to have someone read the bumps on your head, make sure it's before December 1, 2007.]
- Psychic services
- Singing telegram services
- Skiing services [Not interesting in and of itself, but I'll come back to this one later.]
- Social escort services
- Social introduction services
- Service contract services in which the seller, in exchange for the buyer's single payment, agrees to provide repair, maintenance, or replacement of 1 or more items of tangible personal property during a specific period of time, which services the buyer is not required to buy in connection with the purchase of tangible personal property.
Please notice one particular item that is not on the list. Although the politicians were certain to include skiing among taxable services, they excluded golf. Damn straight, because every politician dearly loves a good round of golf. If you enjoyed this post Subscribe to our feed