Social nets roundup: Even SPF 800 won't protect you from the feds' new tanning tax, started at sunrise
It sparked a blistering Twitter exchange between Snooki and John McCain, but now a federal tax on Americans who prefer to get their sun in the salon rather than on the sand is, like an endless summer, here to stay.
Some 28 million sun-bed enthusiasts on Thursday face a 10% tax on tanning goods and services, thanks to a measure slipped late into the $940-billion healthcare overhaul.
From Arizona to the Jersey Shore, many of the nation's more than 18,000 salons are warning of a drop-off in business as a result of a measure that’s projected to gain the federal government $2.7 billion over 10 years.Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan got our attention with his tweet: “Take cover -- the $2.7 billion Obamacare 'tanning tax' goes into effect tomorrow! http://bit.ly/9Fc4oI “
While the Heritage Foundation warned: “Tan while you can! Obama's tanning tax hits TOMORROW. And small businesses are getting burned. #tcot http://herit.ag/oIT"
And the RepublicanStudy adds for context: @WMRepublicans First of $569,000,000,000 of taxes in Dems Health Bill in effect tom hurting small biz owners http://bit.ly/df29ng #hcr
Reality TV series "Jersey Shore" star Snooki earlier this month tweeted that she no longer uses tanning beds after "Obama put a 10% tax on tanning." You can read the whole Snooki-McCain exchange here.
Tanning salon customers will face increased rates per session that currently cost between $10 and $25 for a typical 10-minute session that equals about a half-hour in natural sunlight (or perhaps three days’ grilling in front of the Senate). The tax does not apply to spray-tan services. Salons will have to pay more for each sun lamp and significantly reconfigure their tax filings.
And while we can sense the outrage from many concerned parties -- including that the tax disproportionally affects women, as most salon owners and customers are women -- we also can’t help but think it’s all a nanny-state plot to get sun-bed users out of the house and into the great outdoors. All while reaping future healthcare savings on treatment of skin cancer. Could it also be a back-door climate change tax (cap-and-shade vs cap-and-trade)?
Another bright idea for a better future? So bright, we’ve got to wear shades?
--- Craig Howie
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