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Thursday, 03 February 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Preserving one's looks may become even more taxing in Washington state if lawmakers there approve a bill proposing a levy on face-lifts, hair plugs, liposuction and other cosmetic procedures.

Democratic state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles said on Thursday she had co-sponsored a measure to tax such procedures, including laser hair removal and chemical peels, at the state's 6.5 percent sales tax rate.

"We are really looking to do what we can to find new revenues sources because we have a $1.8 billion shortfall," Kohl-Welles said.

The bill would exempt reconstructive surgery and dentistry to treat birth defects, trauma, infections and disease. The new revenue would fund health programs for children.

 
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