The White House has announced that it has cancelled plans for a 15-cent tax on Christmas tree sales this year. The tax, which was supposed to pay for a campaign to promote the Christmas tree industry, was almost universally panned as a ‘tax on Christmas’ when it was announced earlier this week.
Many within the Christmas tree industry apparently supported the tax, which would have raised money for the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. But many Americans responded negatively, seeing the tax as an unnecessary extension of federal government powers and seeing the Christmas tree industry as being a business that does not require such promotion.
The White House now says that there is no plan to impose the 15-cent tax, a move that is likely to go down well with people across America who were concerned about having to pay a small surcharge on their trees this year.