Bill Would Exempt Contact Lenses From Michigan Sales Tax

January 26, 2019 - 2:16 pm

LANSING (WWJ) - Legislation recently introduced in Lansing would eliminate the sales tax on contact lenses.

Senator Dale Zorn said he drew up the bill, in part, because eyeglasses are exempt from the state’s sales tax, but contact lenses are not.

"The result is higher costs on Michigan patients who wear contacts," Zorn said in a statement. "My bill would reduce these costs by treating contact lenses the same as glasses when it comes to Michigan’s sales tax."

Michigan currently exempts certain devices from the state’s sales and use taxes, including eyeglasses; hearing aids; braces; kidney dialysis and oxygen delivery equipment; canes; walkers; corrective shoes; crutches; and pacemakers. The bills would add contact lenses to the list. 

"The current process of taxing glasses and contacts differently is burdensome for eye doctors and confusing for patients," Zorn said. "This commonsense reform would provide clarity for consumers and reduce cost for needed vision care."

The savings of the bills is estimated to be more than $12 million per year.