New Tax For Tanning

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With the passage of the federal health care overhaul, comes a new tax for tanning salons.

Starting in July, a new federal tax will cost customers 10 percent more to tan.

Tax writers say they expect the tax to generate $2.7 billion for expanding health coverage to the uninsured.

Health officials say the tax might be good for decreasing the risk of skin cancer, but local salon owners say the tax increases the risk of failing businesses.

Nationwide there are more than 18,000 tanning salons, more than 15 locations in Topeka.


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