I think reforming the tax code should happen and I think most services should be taxed, but it seems neither doctors services nor lawyers services should be part of the tax code reforms. Already doctors and lawyers have enough trouble collecting bills, particularly from the poor. And while that applies to many, it seems the services of doctors and lawyers are important and frequently necessary.
ALONG WITH HOURLY RATES and hours billed, lawyers may soon have to add another column to their clients’ receipts—one to show the state sales tax.
House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R- Hiram, and his allies plan to push in next year’s legislative session changes that would levy sales taxes, for the first time in Georgia, on professional-service providers—from barbers and landscapers to accountants and lawyers.
The rate would be the current sales-tax rate, which varies by local government, although the details of Richardson’s proposal could change before the General Assembly debates it next year.
I could be convinced. But having been a lawyer, trying to collect on things, I think it could become problematic.
I will say this — it might be viable if you exempt contingent fee cases, which are most often personal injury cases, workers comp cases for what I hope is an obvious reason, and child custody cases. Or, make the loser pay everyone’s sales tax. My gut reaction, though, is that this could become extreme problematic.