Inside Scoop Behind Indoor Tanning Tax


Indoor tanning is the act of getting a tan under ultra violet light in tanning salons. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons each day in the United States. An indoor tanning customer would spend about $75 per session and this has spawned an industry worth $5 billion a year. There are some 18,000 tanning salons in the US. In some cities, there are more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonalds. And a typical tanning salon could generate about $150,000 in gross income per year.

Beginning July 1 this year, the government will impose a 10% tax on tanning sessions, part of a small section in the health care reform bill.

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