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HEADLINE STORY: Although preliminary, newsletter reports that a federal tan tax is among many possibilities that could emerge

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

DEC. 9, 2009 — The concept of an excise tax on indoor tanning is being kicked around, at least in early stages, as one of many possible sources of federal revenue, an on-line Washington policy newsletter reported Tuesday.

2009-12-09-tan-tax-copy.jpg“First there was the ‘Bo-tax’ on elective cosmetic surgeries. Now, a new tax on indoor tanning services could be in play, as Senate Democrats continue to hunt for healthcare revenues anywhere they can,” National Journal reported on-line. “The concept of an excise tax on tanning services, which could include salon walk-ins or tanning beds and sunlamps sold for residential use, was floated in a weekend Senate staff meeting on the health bill. Officials described the idea as preliminary and not being seriously considered at this time. But as senators continue to draft amendments to add spending or scale back other pay-fors, all bets could be off. It would also be in keeping with Senate Democrats’ desire to keep any new revenue sources within the healthcare system.”

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