Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that will phase out (and eliminate) an eight year old state tax on cosmetic surgery in New Jersey. The original law from 2004, imposed a gross receipts tax on many plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic surgery, cosmetic injections and fillers, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and hair transplantation. This repeal is a big win not only for plastic surgery patients in New Jersey, but also for plastic surgery patients nationwide. The bill’s sponsors, Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Senator Paul Sarlo, say the eight-year-old tax was not only a “burden” to patients, but to the medical offices that had to collect the tax and state agencies that enforced it. Repealing this law has sent a message to lawmakers across the country that these types of taxes not only increase the financial burden on patients seeking elective plastic surgery care, but also that they are ultimately biased against women. The tax is scheduled to drop from 6 percent to 4 percent in the first quarter after the bill’s enactment, then to 2 percent from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, then disappear after July 1, 2013. (Source: ASPS)
*photos on this post are not actual patients of Dr. Brenner.