My opinion first: This is ridiculous! Services are services and are not taxable...if they tax this than you would think all services will end up being taxed soon (farrier, training, boarding, stud fees and breeding services, and not to mention things non-horse related like your own Dr visits etc...). CA is so money hungry!!! One of my horse vets sent this info to me today…specifics regarding the proposal... Say “No” to a tax on veterinary services!
Governor Schwarzenegger wants to raise millions by adding a tax on veterinary services. This will be reflected directly on YOUR BILL at the end of every visit with your veterinarian.
On November 6, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for an increase in the California state sales tax to address the multi-billion dollar deficit in the budget, and proposed a sales tax on all veterinary services
. This was part of a larger combination of program cuts and revenue increases to balance the state budget.
This proposal could add approximately 9% to the cost of veterinary care.
Many animals won’t get the necessary medical care and treatment they deserve because veterinary services will be more expensive. Pets are part of our families and a lot of families are already facing financial hardship in this weak economy. Increasing the cost of veterinary care will only lead to more animals being abandoned, or euthanized. It’s not fair for your pets to suffer because the state cannot balance its budget. Here’s what you can do to help stop the tax on veterinary services!
Write letters, make phone calls, send emails, or fax your comments to the Governor and to your elected officials. If writing, try to personalize your letter and be brief. Let them know that pets are family members and this proposed tax will add a huge financial burden to your family. Ask that veterinary services be removed
from the Governor’s proposal.
If you need assistance, go to the California Veterinary Medical Association website at www.cvma.net
for additional facts and contact information. It is important that every pet owner be heard. Please take action today for your pets and write a letter. The Governor wants his proposal passed by the end of November so he needs to hear from you now! Please share this information with all of your friends and relatives that are pet owners.
West Coast Equine Medicine, Inc. www.westcoastequinemedicine.com
Contact Sheet • Write to the Governor and ask him to remove the proposed sales tax on veterinary services in his 2008-09 Special Session proposal. • Send copies of your letter to key members of the legislature (listed below) as well as your local representatives, and ask them to oppose the sales tax proposal in the “Governor’s Budget: Special Session 2008-09” pertaining to veterinary services. ************************************************** ********************** The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 916.558.3160 Fax The Honorable Karen Bass, Speaker of the Assembly State Capitol, Room 319 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.319.2147 Fax The Honorable Don Perata, Senate President pro Tempore State Capitol, Room 205 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.327.1997 Fax The Honorable Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tempore State Capitol, Room 4035 Sacramento, CA 95815 916.323.2263 The Honorable Mike Villines, Assembly Republican Leader State Capitol, Room 3104 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.319.2129 Fax The Honorable Dave Cogdill, Senate Republican Leader State Capitol, Room 3048 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.327.3523 Fax
Sales Tax on Veterinary Services