Tanning TaxTanning bed customers will pay a little more for those ultraviolet rays beginning in July - and it has some salon owners feeling burned.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tanning bed customers will pay a little more
for those ultraviolet rays beginning in July - and it has some
salon owners feeling burned.
A provision slipped into the recently-passed health care bill
imposes a 10 percent tax on the use of tanning beds.
Don Nelson owns nine Totally Tan salons in the Twin Cities area.
Nelson predicts business will decline because customers won't pay
International Smart Tan Network owner Joseph Levy says "the tax
is a microcosm of what went wrong with the entire process" of the
health care bill. Levy says that lawmakers took out a tax on
wealthy doctors and imposed it on middle-class business owners.
The Star Tribune reports federal regulators and dermatologists
are unmoved by the business owners' objections. The deadliest form
of skin cancer, melanoma, rose 6 percent in Minnesota from 2002 to