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June 2016

Medical Patient Tax Relief Act

To the Editor:

The heartless Nevada Department of Taxation charges sales and use tax on home medical equipment (HME) ordered by a physician and used by the sick, injured and dying public. This despite a 1990 Nevada Supreme Court decision to exempt oxygen systems (the only time this issue has gone to court). It is believed that Nevada is only one of very few states that charge any type of tax on HME. The revenue gained by the state is calculated to be 4/10,000 of a penny for every one dollar of revenue; a literal drop in the bucket.

On June 27th, the Nevada Tax Commission will hear an appeal to overturn this cruel practice. It is not known how the Commission will rule. In the meantime, a petition has been registered and circulated to obtain enough registered voter signatures to place this issue on the November ballot. As it now stands, an adequate number of signatures will be obtained by the June 21st deadline.

HME is used to treat patients with injuries and diseases such as asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), infant jaundice, sleep apnea and a host of other diseases and conditions. The DOT even taxes hospice patients who have an average lifespan of 11 days for their HME; a parting gift from the state of Nevada.

Doug Bennett,
Officer Bennett Medical

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