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Why Was a 2.3% ‘Medical Excise Tax’ Showing Up on Receipts from Sporting Goods Giant Cabela’s?
The Blaze ^ | January 4, 2013 | Mike Opelka

Posted on 01/05/2013 9:17:20 AM PST by yoe

January 1, 2013 brought a host of new taxes, fees, and charges to the American people. Some of them were anticipated. Others, like the (Medical Device Excise Tax) (MDET), were not — at least not in this way.

How so? Well, the MDET has started showing up on the receipts for purchases made at sporting goods giant Cabela’s. This receipt from one such store in Texas is making the rounds on the web. It shows an additional tax has been added to the purchase, after the local sales tax of nearly 10% was charged.

[snip] What is a Medical Excise Tax? Which devices will be affected by it?

TheBlaze asked the people responsible for collecting the tax — the (Internal Revenue Service) (IRS). There is much information about this new tax on the IRS website. Let’s start with the obvious question, “What is it?”

"Section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes an excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices by the manufacturer or importer of the device."

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhohealthcare; cabelas; employermandates; mdet; medicaldevicetax; medicine; obamacare; obamacaretaxes; retail; taxincrease
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To: yoe

Typically, the clerk/cashier won’t know? What can one do in that case? In any intercourse with a manaer, one must know what one is talking about. “I’m not paying this because ________.”


21 posted on 01/05/2013 10:54:29 AM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: staytrue
RE: #16; Are you hinting that our government could unlimitedly redefine “medical device” much as they have “commerce” so as to gain oppressive power over citizens?
22 posted on 01/05/2013 11:03:09 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: GeronL
I wish there was a way of putting the actual amount of corporate tax a product has in its price on the label.

It is possible that there are as many as 100 separate taxes on just a loaf of bread. Starting with the purchase of the seed and fertilizer by the farmer, the fuel for his tractor etc. etc. all the way to the delivery and shelving of the product at your local store. Think about it. Taxes are everywhere...and YOU pay them.

23 posted on 01/05/2013 11:04:21 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: All; staytrue

“Maybe the salad is a medical device, or fat free food& is a medical device.
Maybe automobile catalytic converters (helps asthma patients) are medical devices.
Fruits and vegetables could be medical devices (aids with bowel movements) along with vitamins.
Temperpedic beds along with Posturepedic beds, memory foam pillows might be medical devices (promotes good sleep).
I guess seat belts and air bags are on the medical device list (prevents injury in auto crash).
Homedics massagers are probably on the list too.
Dr. Schoals foot implants ditto.
Maybe alarm systems, mace, and small handguns are medical devices (helps prevent rape).
You know maybe we can balance the budget with the medical device tax afterall.”

Folks, welcome to the Arbeitsziehungslager. I have been warning this for years.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 11:16:49 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Gaffer

It’s in there. Read the full story at The Blaze.


25 posted on 01/05/2013 11:25:15 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: reaganaut

It wasn’t a scam. It was a computer glitch. Cabela’s will refund the money to anyone who asks.


26 posted on 01/05/2013 11:27:20 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: staytrue

From the article:

There are two main categories of devices exempt from the tax. First, eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids are specifically listed as being exempt. The second and broader category, commonly referred to as the “Retail Exception,” exempts a device which is “of a type which is generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use.”

So, probably, the individual items you listed are exempt.


27 posted on 01/05/2013 11:30:13 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Gaffer

bow strings? are a medical device?

Idiots, just nuts.


28 posted on 01/05/2013 11:32:33 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Gaffer

Since I was over there copying something else, here ya go:

A series of phone calls to both the corporate offices of Cabela’s as well as three Texas outlets where the taxes have been showing up yielded what appears to be a satisfactory explanation and resolution.

Customer service reps for Cabela’s stated the added tax was “a computer glitch that has been fixed.” In one case, a representative offered to take my receipt information over the phone and expedite a refund to my credit card. Cash purchases that were hit with the extra 2.3% tax must return to the store for a cash refund.


29 posted on 01/05/2013 11:34:26 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: yoe

From what I can see in the article, it’s expected the tax will be collected at the distributor level, thus hiding it from the consumer. If there was a mess-up here, it was in tipping the hand of the government.

Wait until people start getting their W2 forms this month. The employer’s contributions to health insurance will be listed and folks are going to get sticker shock. Heh. Good.


30 posted on 01/05/2013 11:37:24 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Lazamataz

This turned out to be a computer glitch and Cabela’s will refund the money.

But ya gotta wonder ...

Somebody had to program this. Somebody wrote the code to charge a medical excise tax either on specific items sold at Cabela’s or on all Cabela’s receipts. Seems like a weird glitch. I can understand that they were updating their source code for taxes since it’s the beginning of the new year. And I guess they could be pulling the tax and it’s description from a database and maybe the wrong tax was indexed, but still it’s weird.


31 posted on 01/05/2013 11:46:29 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Gaffer

According to the page your search found, both tires and GPS devices are listed ... along with bow strings and just about everything else they sell. Everything must have some sort of real, poosible or imagined medical use ...


32 posted on 01/05/2013 11:47:25 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Don Corleone

“It is possible that there are as many as 100 separate taxes on just a loaf of bread. Starting with the purchase of the seed and fertilizer by the farmer, the fuel for his tractor etc. etc. all the way to the delivery and shelving of the product at your local store. Think about it. Taxes are everywhere...and YOU pay them”

Which is why the phony “market” (along with commodities/oil) rose this week, and fed employees were after raises, because of the cliff extortion

Many (if not most) have been behavior-conditioned, and bred into, that propaganda that “Bush” tax rates are a good thing, not realizing that had the “cliff” not gone through the market drops 400 > points, and the savings (in multiples) begins at the store.

Those that think they are not double or triple COST-”taxed” because of the “Bush” so called “cut”, are totally brainwashed or behaviorally-conditioned inbred, never having experienced a 5 and 10, 37 cents/gallon, nickle candy bar, 1200$ VW, nice brand new OWNED (not rented-payments from a bank) for under 3000$ brand new, and a nice new home under 20K.

Those that “think” the preservation of the “Bush” (”mark my words, no new taxes” Family) “cuts” RATES) saved them money, are now subject to sustained higher price pressures, or price pressured to spend less, lowering their living standard.

Productivity is not matching, nor sustaining these levels, and the reason feds wanted pay raises.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 11:48:20 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: staytrue

Toothbrushes and tampons count ...


34 posted on 01/05/2013 11:48:43 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: yoe

We had dinner in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and there was a 4% charge tacked onto the dinner bill for “Employer Mandates”.

My health insurance premium went up 27% this year (144% last year) I don’t understand, I thought all this health care stuff was supposed to be free??? /s


35 posted on 01/05/2013 11:48:59 AM PST by TMD (Behind enemy lines.....)
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To: yoe

download irs form 720 and look at part II - there has been an excise tax on some sporting goods for years, so I wonder if they just mislabeled what was being taxed?


36 posted on 01/05/2013 11:53:53 AM PST by IFly4Him
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To: Gasshog
If I see this tax on a receipt I will just put the item back and not buy it.

Uh....

37 posted on 01/05/2013 11:58:29 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

“And I guess they could be pulling the tax and its description from a database and maybe the wrong tax was indexed, but still its weird.”

Not it isn’t, the MO for the shakedown gang. Move the goalposts shakedowns.

In fact, what is happening is now a “duty”/”tariffs” on each “citizen” by 1. behavior (any), and 2. movement (anywhere)...now SUBJECTs of the State.

“Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager”


38 posted on 01/05/2013 11:58:29 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: soycd

I notice that gas pumps no longer list the state and fed fuel taxes.


39 posted on 01/05/2013 12:06:26 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Varsity Flight

Yeah, I get that, but the federal government didn’t program the software that prints Cabela’s receipts. It’s a weird computer glitch.


40 posted on 01/05/2013 12:06:38 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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