Doctors' 2012 33% tax hidden tax hike

December 13, 2012 by MassDevice

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Westby Fisher

Physicians were the subject of a 33% tax hike that most of them weren't even aware they received this year.  

That's right.   Thirty-three percent.  

Couched as "only five additional dollars each month" by the government, it passed because doctors don't make the Federal Register part of their weekly reading list and because our professional lobbying organizations were either asleep at the wheel or distracted by the whole health care reform mess.

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You see if you want to get more money for government programs, you should tax the "rich" doctors - the very same doctors that are enjoying (and have experienced the delays in payment caused by) the joys of the annual congressional cat-and-mouse game of a threatened 30% pay cut wrapped up in the fiscal cliff negotiations.  (Don't worry docs, *wink wink* it really won't happen).

The "tax" I'm speaking of?  Why it's the new $731 DEA registration fee.

Until 2011, the three-year fee was $551.  Now it's $731.

You do the math.

And why were the fees against doctors increased?

Because the DEA needed more money.  According to the FDA Law blog, the DEA cited a number of factors justifying the fee increase including: