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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax
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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

“I think it would be great to eliminate this tax.  For people, at the end of life, to have further tax put upon them seems to be too much for people who already spend their whole life being taxed”  Funeral Director John Kohl of Parker Kohl funeral home as quoted in Southernminn.com Southernminn.com reports that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has proposed removing the state sales tax on viewing caskets and cremations urns.  Burial caskets aren’t taxed but rental caskets for […]

Luzerne County TX cremation fee rises.
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Luzerne County TX cremation fee rises.

The Dallas Post reports that the Luzerne County has increased the fee for a cremation permit from $35 to $60.  The increase will offset a $50,000 proposed budget increase for autopsy expenses relating to drug overdoses.  There were 1,872 cremations in 2016 in Luzerne County, up from 1872 cremations in 2015. Funeral Director Daily’s take: The increased fee is probably necessary if they are having to increase the number of post-mortem exams in the county. We would suggest that the […]

ICCFA Cremation Guidelines
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ICCFA Cremation Guidelines

Here are the guidelines of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) to voluntarily foster professional standards of care. ICCFA Cremation Guidelines Statement of Purpose The following Cremation Guidelines have been published by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association to voluntarily foster professional standards of care and consideration by our members.  Definitions Authorizing agent(s): the person(s) legally entitled to order the cremation of the remains. Certified operator: an individual formally training and duly certified in the operation of a […]