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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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0037sammie 0037sammie 7 years
I think it's another way of making money- as bad a habit as tanning is, the people that really want to tan will continue to do so regardless.
kiwichibi kiwichibi 7 years
I'm all for it, tanning is a luxury not a necessity, why shouldn't it be taxed. And I guess government's gotta get their money from somewhere.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
I'm all for it. A friend of mine got melanoma at nineteen from tanning beds!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm glad that this decision was made. While both cosmetic surgery and tanning are unnecessary from a medical standpoint, it makes more sense (to me) to levy the additional tax on tanning because tanning is actually medically harmful, whereas cosmetic surgery (if all goes well) isn't.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Well, there's always a price to pay for being a darker complexion. If you want it bad enough without nature's blessing, pay for it.
LMessing LMessing 7 years
I can't get too worked up in opposition to something that decentivizes a dangerous, voluntary activity. The only potential downside I can think of would be the eventual decline/failure of the tanning business: I'm sure a lot of those employees are honest people just trying to feed their families like the rest of us.
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