A recently enacted federal tax on tanning services has angered salon owners and frustrated customers who are shelling out more green to go bronze.
All indoor UV tanning services now come with a tax of 10% attached to tab. The new tax is expected to raise U.S. $ 2.7 billion over 10 years to fund the recently approved revision of the health system.
Local tanning salon owners say they are bracing for the impact they foresee the tax will have on sales, mostly independent tanning salon owners.
Healthcare professionals and the legislation’s followers say the tanning tax will help pay for healthcare changes and discourage UV (ultraviolet) tanning, which the American Academy of Dermatology has linked to a 75% increased risk of melanoma.
Melanoma is the most frequent form of cancer for 25- to 29-year-old and the second most general form of cancer for 15- to 29-year-old.
But the tax has left many in the tanning services industry and small business advocates shelling.
The tanning services industry supporters say the tax unjustly penalizes small businesses already struggling to bring in customers in tough economic times.
Though the UV tanning price will be affected by the tax, other aspects of the tanning services industry will be kept safe from tax increases.
Products such as suntan (tanning) lotions and oils are still sold with a single state’s general sales tax attached and spray tanning will not be affected by tanning treasure.
It’s certainly going to take a bite out of tanning salons budget, but it’s not going to stop tanning salon owners.