New Tax Makes Tanning Salons Hot
The Bowling Green Daily News reports that local tanning bed owners are not happy with the first round of new health care taxes:
"Honestly, I think it's an exaggerated tax that's not going to help as much as they project it will - it's unnecessary," said Lindsey Mayo, manager of Solar Connection on Russellville Road. "Basically it targets small business owners and it's a specific type of small business owners. Most people who own tanning salons are women."
The salon is changing its account system. Workers are installing a special account for the tax and a way for the salon to send regular reports to the government. But, aside from those changes, Mayo said she does not expect the tax to hurt business.
"I really don't foresee it deterring people from tanning at all," she said. "It will be an extra tax that's unnecessary."
Other shop owners agree, saying they do not anticipate a big customer loss but feel they're being unjustly punished.
"I just think it's wrong - they shouldn't be taxing tanning beds," said Sandra Wood, co-owner of Tropical Tans in Scottsville. "Why this? Why not a haircut? Why not something else? They're targeting tanning beds in general."
William Neal, owner of Ultima Tan on Russellville Road, said he believes the tax might have a small impact on business, but customers will continue to flock to his salon because they use his beds for more than just tanning.
Tanning beds help ease pain associated with arthritis, certain skin conditions and sore muscles, he said.
"If they're going to put a tax on this, why don't they put a tax on physical therapy?"