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Back in 2010, the American Affordable Care Act (ACA) was put into play and our industry got smacked with the “Tan Tax” – “switched in” by a last-minute move, replacing taxes on cosmetic surgery and Botox treatments. Great! Defined: “Officially enacted on July 1st of 2010, the tanning tax was implemented as a means to collect revenue for President Obama’s health care reform bill. The Tan Tax is a 10% levy on all indoor tanning services – those individuals who utilize tanning beds or any service related to indoor tanning (including spray tans) are subject to this taxation. When passed, congress claimed the tanning tax will bolster government revenue by nearly $3 billion over the next decade.” It was also positioned that it would drive $1 billion in the first four years. Well, that certainly hasn’t happened – it’s been less than 50% of that number – and clearly, very doubtful that it will be $3 billion in ten. However, let’s look at the effect.
A 26-year industry veteran, Joe has taught certified salon operator training for the last 15 years, as well as advocating indoor tanning in many capacities. Joe is a sought-after speaker and presenter at both national & regional trade events, also interacting with the FDA, state & local regulatory agencies. During his most recent tenure with the ITA, he served as director of membership.
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