Bill To Repeal Tan Tax Is Critical First Step In Protecting America’s Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Suntanning Association (ASA) applauded the introduction Tuesday of a bill by Rep. George Holding (NC-13) to repeal the 10 percent federal excise tax on indoor tanning services enacted in 2010.  HR 2698, “The Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2015,” is currently co-sponsored by 14 Republicans and two Democrats.

“Representative Holding has shown his commitment to America’s small businesses by introducing this bill,” said ASA President Bart Bonn. “The tan tax is an example of a misguided policy, implemented with little forethought, which has crippled an industry and cost tens of thousands of jobs in communities across America.”

More than 9,000 salons – roughly half of all tanning salons in the U.S. – have closed since the tax was imposed in 2010 and resulted in the elimination of 76,000 jobs, in an industry heavily dominated by female business owners and employees. At the same time, the tax has generated less than 1/3 of the revenue projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) when the tax was implemented.

“We look forward to the speedy advancement of this legislation and the respite it will bring to small business owners throughout the country,” added Bonn.

The American Suntanning Association is a Section 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.americansuntanning.org

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‘Tan Tax’ Repeal Bill Introduced with Bipartisan Support

Championed by the American Suntanning Association (ASA) and bolstered by new bipartisan efforts in Congress, U.S. Rep. George Holding (R-NC) on Tuesday introduced “The Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2015” – legislation to repeal the 10 percent federal excise tax on indoor tanning services enacted in 2010.

HR 2698 is currently co-sponsored by 12 Republicans and two Democrats, and ASA continues to seek support from additional members of Congress. The bill has been referred to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means for action.

This bill is the culmination of more than two years of ASA dedication to the effort, led by ASA President Bart Bonn, who has spent two weeks or more per month working in Washington, D.C. since the end of 2013. Bonn and ASA Director of Legislative Affairs Whitney Tyler have attended several hundred meetings in the Capitol over that period, working to develop the bill and gather the support necessary to reach this point. They have gained bipartisan backing of the repeal effort by educating representatives on the devastating financial impact of the tax, its failure to generate projected revenue and the unfair manner in which it’s being levied.

Regardless of their political affiliations, members of Congress care about job creation and do not want to see people in their districts out of work. And, with more than five years having passed since the tax was implemented, there is no longer any question about its economic consequences.

The ASA is dedicated to supporting and defending the indoor tanning industry on all fronts. In addition to guiding this bill from its inception, the ASA represents the industry every day on issues involving the FDA, CDC, and state regulation, and engages in proactive efforts to promote the industry.

The ASA will continue to support the bill as it passes through the legislative process and keep you informed on its progress.