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What Are Veterinary Services Taxes?

221027243-267x300Connecticut is trying to pass a new tax on veterinary services. What does this mean for a pet owner? Every time your pet goes to your veterinarian, the veterinarian will be required by law to charge tax on all services (exams, vaccines, hospitalization, boarding, laboratory tests, and more). California tried to pass a 10% service tax on veterinarian services several years ago and failed. The concept has been debated in Missouri in the legislature and failed.

Interestingly, service taxes are most always sought for veterinary services. No legislatures want to pass a service tax on dentists, attorneys, accountants, chiropractors, physical therapists, hair stylists, H&R Block, or medical doctors. Why veterinarians?

Veterinary professional organizations are always looking out for new initiatives and fight them on behalf of pets and their owners. These taxes won’t cost veterinarians much except to send the collected taxes to the state, but it will make a big difference in what pet owners can afford for their pets.

Pet owners should be watching for these tax initiatives and contact their legislators and say “no”. If veterinarians have help from pet owners to fight these tax initiatives, it is more likely that they will be defeated.

Joan M. Freesh, MS, DVM

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