Wednesday, November 9, 2011

White House Holds Off on Christmas Tree Fee

After being ridiculed by critics as a tax on Christmas, the White House has decided to hold off on the 15-cent Christmas Tree Fee announced Tuesday in the Federal Register.

The Christmas industry had lobbied for a fee in order to fund the new Christmas Tree Promotion Board in the Department of Agriculture to improve the image and marketing of real Christmas trees.

The fee of 15-cents would only be paid by vendors who sell more than 500 trees per year. The law would have allowed the vendors to pass the fee on to the customers.

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