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Michigan May Levy a Tax on Haircuts

Do You Think Haircuts Should Be Taxed?

In an effort to dig up more revenue, states are considering extending taxes on services ranging from funerals to dating services to tailoring. In Michigan, for instance, a proposal would add more than 100 different kinds of services to the state's tax plan, including beauty services like haircuts, tanning, and manicures. (It would also lower the overall sales tax from 6% to 5.5%.)

Michigan Treasurer Robert J. Kleine told the New York Times that these types of taxes could bring in $1.8 billion a year. "The basic thing is that we need to update our tax structure," he said. "We’ve got a 20th-century tax structure based on a different sort of economy."

While those who are for the extended taxing are all for spreading it out over a broader variety of services, others are concerned for what it might do for small or struggling businesses. How do you feel about a potential tax on beauty services? Frankly, I'd be less apt to make certain purchases, especially in the already pricey — not to mention tip-heavy — beauty industry. What do you think?

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AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
It's everyone, not gender bias.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
Not to be cynical, but it pisses me off that it seems to be only women's services that are getting taxed. I know men sometimes get manis too, but still......
robinlh912 robinlh912 7 years
To me, things like tanning should be taxed, because its something that poses a danger to your health. Getting your hair cut helps you maintain a professional, or at the very least tidy, image, and isn't something that needs to be taxed.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
You ladies better wake up and smell the shampoo. It's gonna be more than haircuts. It's manis, pedi, tanning, massages, facials, spa visits, shoe shining and so much more; and let's not forget the soda, pizza, fat and snack tax coming around again. Little example in CA we pay 9.75% sales tax, CA redemption tax 2-6 cents per bottle depending on size, then we pay for garbage, then we pay for recycling that plastic bottle. It's coming for every state - anyone know about the Value Added Tax the gov't is proposing? Better google it, better yet we should just stick to beauty it's a lot less depressing. One more tax note - you pay federal taxes outta your paycheck, then you pay sales tax for just about everything, some counties in CA charge a city/county tax, cell phones each time you punch a number, did you know you are supposed to pay sales tax on anything you buy outta state that isn't taxed - shall I go on? @jennibean - here, here girl! They are, they are.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Yes definitely....let's tax everything! Good god!
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 7 years
LEGALIZE is all i have to say....... itll make some $$$
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 7 years
<--- as someone who does hair for a well known worl wide corporation, and im making MINIMUM wage (in this economy) because they are required by LAW to pay it to me...i say f*ck the corporation not the clients!!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I like katie448's idea. I don't have a problem with a tanning tax though. It seems like less of a service to me, and more like the cigarette tax.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
I'm not sure how I feel about this. The Michigan government is in desperate need of some sort of tax/money making venture People don't realize how bad it is here economy-wise. It's been worse longer than it has in the rest of the country, due to our heavy reliance on the auto industry. I totally agree with a tanning tax though. Something used even by minors that is so clearly harmful should be taxed, the same as cigarettes are taxed(though those are obviously illegal for minors).
kitkatherine kitkatherine 7 years
it's a service - i don't believe it should be taxed. that and a hair cut while some are not, is kind of a basic thing. it's a huge part of our professional lives and a lot of how we get judged.... it's a weird thing to add tax to in my opinion
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I don't think it will happen, because people will complain. The problem is, something has to give. If it came down to paying more for a haircut or having the public schools lose more money, I'd go with the haircut. Still, it seems like a band-aid solution for a big problem.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Well if they enforce that in Chicago (if they haven't already), I will start cutting my own hair or just walked around with split ends *lol*.
reanerbean reanerbean 7 years
I honestly don't think I'd even notice if haircuts were all of a sudden taxed. I hadn't noticed that they weren't.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
NO! @ Tan ia Both - the gov't gets enough of my $ already.
katie448 katie448 7 years
Wow, what an awful idea. Why can't they just make pot legal and then the government could sell that.
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