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IMPORTANT! All of my Massage Therapy friends, former students, and clients:
A Kansas House of Representatives bill would require us to collect a service tax and define our profession as a personal care service. House Bill 2384 was introduced on March 9, 2017 and is currently in the Committee on Taxation. The committee may be discussing this bill on Monday or Tuesday.
We are reaching out to you to ask for your participation in writing the Taxation Committee and your representatives and requesting that they oppose the inclusion of massage therapy under NAICS code 812199 in House Bill 2384, which would require all massage therapists to collect a service tax. This bill and the accompanying personal service code inaccurately identify "massage" as one of several "personal care services" and define our establishments as "massage parlors", on which a service tax would be imposed. Of the many professions and industries the state is looking to define as a "taxable service," massage therapy is the ONLY healthcare profession targeted.
We have drafted a letter you can send your representatives and the Taxation Committee urging them to remove massage 'parlors' from the list of personal care services and imposing this egregious tax on our profession. We encourage you to use your personal experiences and opinions in your letters as well. The members of the Taxation Committee are listed below. Send your email to the Chair of the Taxation Committee and then cc the rest of the committee on your email. Thank you for your help and participation!
If you want to read the bill, please use this link:http://kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/hb2384_00_0000.pdf
To read the list of the personal service professions that would be included here: https://classcodes.com/lookup/naics-code-812199/
Chair: Rep. Marvin Kleeb [email protected]
Rep. Gene Suellentrop [email protected]:
Ranking Minority Member: Rep. Tom Sawyer [email protected]
Rep. John Alcala [email protected]
Rep. Ken Corbet [email protected]
Rep. John Edmonds [email protected]
Rep. Dennis Hedke [email protected]
Rep. Henry Helgerson [email protected]
Rep. Lane Hemsley [email protected]
Rep. Ron Highland [email protected]
Rep. Don Hineman [email protected]
Rep. Mark Hutton [email protected]
Rep. Steven Johnson [email protected]
Rep. Kasha Kelley [email protected]
Rep. Jerry Lunn [email protected]
Rep. Les Mason [email protected]
Rep. Tom Phillips [email protected]
Rep. Marc Rhoades [email protected]
Rep. Ronald Ryckman Sr. [email protected]
Rep. Kent Thompson [email protected]
Rep. Chuck Weber [email protected]
Rep. Brandon Whipple [email protected]
Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore [email protected]
Thank you! We appreciate your help! Please feel free to share this information with your family, friends and clients.
Here is copy of letter that you can send to each of the committee members.
I am writing as a constituent, a practicing massage therapist (or massage client), to respectfully request that massage therapists and the language 'massage parlors' be removed from the taxable services in House Bill 2384. I also request that massage therapy not be defined as a personal care service. I feel our profession is mischaracterized in its inclusion in this bill.
First, massage therapy and our businesses are the ONLY healthcare profession included in this bill as a taxable personal care service. To designate one healthcare profession as a taxable personal care service over another would be unfair and discriminatory against that profession. I also am concerned that by being included in this personal care tax, that massage therapists who operate independently are being discriminated against in this bill as massage therapists who are employed by physicians or chiropractors would not be affected by this tax. In effect, the bill discriminates against specific massage therapists solely on where they practice.
Furthermore, massage therapists do not operate "massage parlors", we operate massage therapy businesses. "Parlor" is an antiquated term that implies impropriety and illicit behavior - something that legitimate, trained and educated massage therapists find offensive.
Massage therapists are well-educated professionals who provide essential therapeutic and health care services to the public. We ask to be regulated in a manner that is consistent with other health care professions in the state. Massage therapy is not just for relaxation. It is considered a vital part of complementary and integrative medicine - most recently recognized by the American College of Physicians as an important alternative to treating nonradicular lower back pain. Your constituents are receiving massage therapy post-operatively for procedures like open heart surgery, mastectomy and joint replacements.
These people deserve to have comfort in knowing that the massage therapists that treat them and their places of business are not being labeled as massage "parlors" or as personal care services. The treatment we provide goes far beyond that of personal care and should be regulated in a way that accurately reflects our profession.
Thanks for your time and consideration to removing massage therapy from this proposed tax.
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