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Tanning Bed Tax May Reach 10 Percent

It's Out With the "Botax," in With the "Tantax"

You might remember hearing about the so-called "botax," a proposed five percent tax that would have affected those partaking in elective cosmetic surgery. However, with mounting pressure from the medical industry, who claimed that the tax was discriminatory against women (since we are typically the main customers of such services), it's out with the botax and in with the "tantax."

Earlier this month, talk of a tanning tax arose, and now, the Senate, under Majority Leader Harry Reid, is moving forward with this so-called tantax, adding it to the health bill. It involves taxing 10 percent on indoor tanning services, not including professional phototherapy services through medical providers. This comes on the heels of recent news that tanning beds cause cancer, so in a way, this tax is similar to those slapped on cigarettes. What do you think about this recent change?

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