BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - If you go somewhere and use tanning beds or lamps to tan, you will pay ten percent more starting July 1st.
This is all part of President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act that passed earlier this year. The tanning tax is expected to bring in around $3 billion in its first year. All that money will be funneled into the almost trillion dollar health care fund.
Anyone who uses a device that uses artificial light to tan can expect to pay the tax.
One local business owner says the new tax will probably affect his tanning salon during the next few months.
“As people get used to it, I have a feeling that they are eventually going to come back but I think that that initial shock of having to pay that tax now will slow the indoor tanning industry down a little bit,” Aaron Spring, Owner of Underground Sun in Bellefonte, said.
It is not all bad news for Spring. Spray-on tanning will not be taxed under the new law. He is expecting more folks to choose spray-on tanning option to avoid paying Uncle Sam.