Rep. Alexander: Working to lower dental expenses in Michigan

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The House Tax Policy Committee today approved bills clarifying that dentures, crowns, bridges and other dental prosthetics should be exempt from Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax.

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover is one of the legislation’s primary sponsors.

“Michigan law already exempts hearing aids, eyeglasses, walkers and other items classified as prosthetic devices from the sales tax,” Alexander said. “Why would dental devices be any different? Doing the right thing and making sure these items are exempt from the sales tax will make dental work more affordable and improve health care in our state.”

The Department of Treasury testified in support of the legislation earlier this month.

Sales and use taxes on dental prosthetics had not been collected for decades. But a recent Treasury review of 2004 law changes suggests that the devices should be subject to the tax. Alexander said clarification is needed to make sure the original intent — that the devices not be subject to sales and use taxes — is followed.

“We must clarify this law, and help lower the costs of health care in the process,” Alexander said. “I always appreciate hearing from constituents regarding issues that affect them. I am thankful to Abbott Dental Laboratory of Jackson for bringing this issue to my attention.”

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The legislation is House Bill 5173.