Tanning Tax

Mar 30, 2010 7:24 PM

"Currently I tan around four to five times a week, I have a specific event coming up so I am here a lot," tanner Joy Betts stated.

Tanners will soon feel a burn in their bank accounts. This week, Congress passed a ten percent tax for those trying to get a little more bronze. It is meant to stop people from hitting the tanning beds due to noted health risks. A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization showed that using tanning beds before the age of thirty increases the risk of Melanoma by seventy-five percent. John Miller, owner of Tropical Zone Tanning and Fashion feels the industry is being singled-out. "If the motivation to implement a tanning tax is to curb people from tanning, thinking it's a health issue, then I think other industries should be taxed as well. Fast food- obesity is a huge problem with health- especially younger people, so why not tax that?"

The new tax does not apply to spray-on booths or other UV free products, still tanners are already voicing their opposition. "I think it is ridiculous! I think the government is going to try to tax us on everything we have because they don't have money so the best thing they can do is take it from where ever they can," tanner Amie Little explained.

The tax is projected to generate two point seven billion over the next ten years. Miller says with the economy the way it is, new taxes will only hurt his business. "We're going to probably have to increase our prices slightly, we just can't survive if we don't increase our prices, so well probably take a hit and well have to pass some of it on to the consumer as well."

Others feel it could be a good thing. "I support it, I don't really think it will deter people but I think it will make them think twice about what they're going into," Mitchell Hudson said.

The new tax will take effect on July first.


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