Healthcare Law Heats Up Tanning Salons

by Katie Jeffries on March 24, 2010 at 6:46 am

Tanning salons are getting burned by the new healthcare bill.

Starting in July, a ten percent tax will be imposed nationally upon customers who use ultraviolent tanning lamps. Here in Zanesville, workers at the Sun Spot Tanning Salon on Maple Avenue do not agree with the tax.

"I think that the amount that it was at was fine and I think that it is going to affect a lot of people if they want to tan or not with the way the economy is," says Trinda Walter with Sun Spot.

The "tanning tax" is expected to bring in $2.7 billion dollars over ten years. But Walter says this tax could affect business for the tanning salon.

"Maybe at first it might because it is something new and people might try to stay away a little bit, but I think as people get used to it and we have had it for a while, just with anything else there is always increases, so I think people will still choose to tan," says Walter.

Tanning lotions and spray tans are not included in the tax.



Katie Jeffries