Rep. Kahle’s bill to reduce dental expenses signed into law

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Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle to ensure patients save money on dental work has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The new law clarifies that dentures, crowns, bridges and similar dental devices are exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales and use tax.

“This new law will reduce the overall cost of many types of dental work for Michigan families,” Kahle, of Adrian, said after the governor signed her legislation. “It’s good news for patients, the dental industry and public health. I’m happy to have played a prominent role in advancing this measure through the Legislature.”

The legislation ensures certain dental devices are exempted from the sales and use tax in the same manner as other prosthetics such as hearing aids, walkers and eyeglasses. The measure also clears up a state law which had caused some confusion in the past.

Sales and use taxes on dental prosthetics had not been collected for decades. But a recent Treasury review of 2004 law changes suggested the devices should be subject to the taxes.

Kahle’s legislation helps make sure the original intent – that the dental devices not be subject to sales and use taxes – is followed.

Kahle’s bill is part of a multi-bill package signed by Snyder to address the issue.

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Kahle’s legislation is House Bill 5164. Other bills in the package are House Bills 5173, Senate Bill 566 and Senate Bill 567.