Lubbock tanning salons may have to raise prices because of a tax - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/1/10

Lubbock tanning salons may have to raise prices because of a new tax

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The next time you go to a tanning salon, you may see an increase in prices. A 10 percent tax on indoor tanning begins Thursday as a result of the U.S. health-care reform bill.

The Center for Disease Control found that by raising the taxes on cigarettes the number of smokers declined. With increased risks of skin cancer from indoor tanning, the tax may make people think twice before hopping in the beds. Tax or no tax, Freddy Cain isn't planning on stopping.

"Absolutely not, it's safer than laying in the sun, you get a lot of harmful rays from the sun, a lot more rays that are harmful to your skin are from the sunshine," Cain said.

Tanning salon owners say it's just another way to get money.

"There's 18,000 tanning salons in the country and a 10 % tax on all of that is just another way to raise money, that's all that it is and it got put in the health care bill for political reasons too," said Jim Burns, owner of Planet Beach.

The Joint Committee on Taxation predicts the tax could raise almost $3 billion dollars over a 10 year period.

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