Tax Exemption for Hearing Aids Passes Subcommittee
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, on Monday won unanimous passage of a bill that would remove sales tax on hearing aids. House Bill 3912 establishes a sales tax exemption for hearing aid devices that include behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and in-the-canal aid devices. "This is just common sense," Caldwell said. "We shouldn't be taxing health care. You don't pay tax when you visit the doctor or even when you pay for prescription medications. Those with hearing loss should not have to pay tax on top of the purchase of a hearing aid." Caldwell said the cost of hearing aids can stretch into the thousands, and the cost has increased in recent years. Removing the tax would provide a significant savings for Oklahomans who otherwise might put off the purchase of the devices. The bill passed 9-0 in the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Finance, Revenue and Taxation. It now moves to the full A&B Committee for consideration.