Spring has sprung here in the desert southwest. Wildflowers and flip-flops are everywhere. Those who are enduring a lingering winter are yearning for our heaven-sent warmth and sunshine. They may resort to tanning salons to help their seasonal affective disorder or Vitamin D deficiency, and soon the costs of visits may be dropping.
As Congress works to repeal portions of the ACA, this includes reversing taxes such as the 10% tax on tanning sessions. The “tan tax” has been a job killer, with half of the country’s 18,500 tanning salons closing since 2010 due to increased costs. Nearly 81,000 jobs were lost.
Americans are more health conscious than in past few decades, as 8% of skin cancer cases are linked to indoor tanning. Dermatologists and the skin care industry have convinced the government that the sun is bad for you. The tax added to the social stigma against tan skin, that noticeably tan people are said to be irresponsible with their skin health. Regular tanning salon customers have already cut back on visits, which cost between $15 and $30 per session.
Eliminating the tax would reduce the government’s revenue by $600 million in the next 10 years. If repealed, the tax would no longer be collected after next January 1. Removing the tax will allow these small businesses to grow their business, be profitable, pay taxes, and employ Americans.
Stech, Katy and Rubin, Richard. “Tanning Salons See Ray of Hope in ACA Tax Repeal.” Health Policy. The Wall Street Journal, 16 Mar 2017. Web. 19 Mar 2017.