Tan tax to help fund healthcare bill

By Tara Cardoso - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - There was originally talk about a tax on plastic surgery, but, in the end, the BOTAX turned into a tan tax. And the tanning industry says this will burn.

With the healthcare bill now being passed, there comes a 10 percent tax on tanning. And, just like a sales tax, it affects everybody. "It doesn't much matter how much you have or don't have, no body wants to pay an extra 10 percent tax on everything. I tan because I don't have time -- 12 minutes here versus a couple of hours out there," said KJ Noonan.

She says an extra 10 percent won't keep her from tanning, but she sees why it may turn others away. "If you are on a budget, like I am, then it will make a difference."

Tasha Tenn owns Sunshine Tan. She says she's one of the only tanning salons left in her general area. "All the beds come with a CD, an I pod player hook up. It's a convenience tan."

Luckily, for her, she says, her business has grown in the two plus years since she opened. Although, she says, the tax will hurt, Tasha says she won't let it take her customers. "I think it's going to affect all of us in some kind of way. I told you what I'm going to do. I'm going to give them a discount, and, hopefully, they will keep coming back."

The new tax doesn't go into affect until July 1 and does not include spray tans. It is supposed to raise $2.5 billion over the next 10 years to help fund the healthcare bill.