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Everyone Grumpy About Golf Tax

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Across California, golfers are voicing their unhappiness about Gov. Schwarzenegger's so-called golf tax--the sentiment seems to be that golf is being taxed because it's perceived as a sport for the wealthy. "You don't see a tax on movies," Bob Bouchier, executive director of the California Alliance for Golf, tells the Associated Press."You don't see a tax on bowling. You don't see skiing. You don't see a tax on any other sport." But biggest problem is that some golfers don't understand the tax, which is really a tax on green fees, reported the CNN Golf blog last year: "The trouble is, golfers still don't know exactly what they're fighting because the proposal is written so vaguely. It says: Effective February 1, 2009, the sales and use tax rate will be applied to appliance and furniture repair, vehicle repair, golf, and veterinarian services. That rate would be 8.75 percent if the governor's proposed three-year sales tax increase of 1.5 percent also is passed." More from the Desert Sun: “I think anytime someone is looking at taking 6.5 percent of your revenue away, it's going to impact (you) negatively,” said Brady Wilson, head golf professional at Classic Club in Palm Desert. He added it would not be fair to customers to raise prices by 6.5 percent to cover the tax. "People are looking for better deals right now; people have less money to spend.” [AP/CNN/Desert News]