New tanning tax to take effect next week

Stephanie Moore, Manager at Bottoms Up Tanning Salon
Stephanie Moore, Manager at Bottoms Up Tanning Salon

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – One way the government plans to help pay for the massive health care law is by cracking down on the tanning industry.

Beginning July 1st, tanners will have to pay more at indoor tanning salons which use ultra-violet lamps.

While this may affect business at some tanning hot spots, one Lufkin salon says they're confident tanners will tan regardless.

"It's frustrating that we have to spend more money out of our pockets," said Bottoms Up Tanning Salon employee and tanner, Kortney Lovelace.

"We have a choice and it seems like every time we turn around, one of our choices that we're allowed to make about our own bodies and our own lives get taken away," said Bottoms Up Tanning Salon manager Stephanie Moore.

Moore believes the 10 percent tanning tax increase won't have a big impact on her business.

"Tanners are going to tan regardless."

She says the tax hike is the only change taking effect.

"They're not going to pay anymore than the 10 percent."

Even so, Bottoms Up wants to cut tanners some slack so they're going to cover the 10 percent increase throughout the month of July.

"It gives them a little bit of a break, lets them know we care. You know but you're going to have to pay it so you know there's no way around it," said Moore.

This increase follows a January regulation, banning tanning for teenagers under 16. Luckily, this ban has actually helped business.

"It will increase our spray tan business and it has. We've seen an increase because of the age group and the age limit on the tanners," said Moore.

She believes dedicated tanners will continue to show their loyalty, even when the government steps in.

"I'll keep tanning for sure," said 16-year-old Kylee Wright.

Thanks to the special deal, Bottoms Up customers can avoid the tax increase until August.

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