First the IRS was coming for your medical device, now your iPhone too? An old tax foe jumps into the fray in the medical device tax repeal fight.
Conservative tax-reform activist Grover Norquist is putting some of his organization's muscle behind a mostly GOP-fueled effort to paint the medical device excise tax as a danger to smartphones and tablets.
In an op-ed for The Hill, Katie McAuliffe wrote that there is legitimate concern that smartphones, tablets and other hand-held devices could be unnecessarily taxed under the new 2.3% medical device excise tax because the FDA has not clearly stated whether or not mobile devices that run health apps could be interpreted as medical devices themselves.
"This is a legitimate question for clarifying tax authority, and a clear consequence of passing a monolithic bill without a thorough reading," McAuliffe wrote.