Tanning Tax Goes into Effect

COCOA BEACH, Fla., July 2 (UPI) — A 10 percent tax on tanning salon services has taken effect, with Florida salon owners saying they are angry over both the idea and the timing of it.

Many tanning salon owners say the federal tax was placed on them without warning and will hurt business in an already depressed economy, Florida Today reported Friday.

The “vanity tax” debated in Congress originally called for a 5 percent levy on cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and breast implants and 5 percent tax on tanning salons. When it passed Dec. 24, tanning salons ended up carrying the full burden of the tax at 10 percent, with the cosmetic industry coming out tax-free, the publication said.

“A lot more people are getting their breasts enhanced, and their faces injected with (Botox),” Cocoa Beach tanning facility owner Kim Snook said. “As long as you tan responsibly, there’s a lot of good things that tanning does.”

Many salon owners across the country say they are confused about the tax, which took effect Thursday.

“These businesses just got these regulations two weeks ago,” he said. “The software folks have to upgrade their software packages to help people track all of this; it’s caused tremendous confusion. People are going to obey the law, but they just don’t know where to start.”

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