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Small Business Owners Furious as ‘Tan Tax’ Begins

Posted on 07/02/2010 7:49:57 AM PDT by Nachum

Tanning salons brace for the hit ObamaCare is about to put on their bottom lines.

The thirty million Americans who visit indoor tanning facilities each year are about to get an unwelcome lesson in ObamaCare every time they walk through the front door of the tanning salon. That lesson comes in the form of a president and a Congress with a target on the tanners’ wallets: starting today — July 1 — the ObamaCare tax on “indoor tanning services” takes effect — a 10 percent federal excise tax on the retail price of a tan.

The tax is just one of 21 tax hikes in ObamaCare, and the first of ObamaCare’s many pledge-breaking tax hikes to go into effect.

President Barack Obama’s central campaign promise was a “firm pledge” not to raise “any form of taxes” on any family making less than $250,000 per year. But sixteen days into his presidency, he broke that pledge by signing into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes (Perhaps the only American who makes more than $250,000 per year and smokes cigarettes is named Barack Obama). At that time, Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press rightly called out Obama for breaking his pledge.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; furious; owners; small; whiteytax

1 posted on 07/02/2010 7:50:04 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Forget the tanning salon owners - Snookie is pissed!


2 posted on 07/02/2010 7:53:50 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Nachum

Tea Party organizers should start posting flyers at the salons.


3 posted on 07/02/2010 7:55:35 AM PDT by MissTed (Never buy products from ACME.)
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To: Nachum
The thirty million WHITE Americans who visit indoor tanning facilities each year...

There, fixed it.

4 posted on 07/02/2010 7:55:38 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Nachum

I know two people who own tanning salons. Not my thing, but it is theirs. Anyway, these are small (tiny really) businesses and from what I’ve seen they aren’t exactly banking the big bucks. This new tax may be one of the last straws for their chances at profitability.

P.S. Isn’t this a racist tax against whites?


5 posted on 07/02/2010 7:56:59 AM PDT by mbs6
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To: ladyvet

Exactly - this is a racial preference tax.


6 posted on 07/02/2010 7:57:12 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Nachum

One of the reasons for the tax on outfits like the tan salons is that they are in small numbers compared to the general public and can’t cause the government much of a problem. Same with smokers. They always pick on industries that won’t raise much of a problem for them. We have to stop discriminating.


7 posted on 07/02/2010 7:57:49 AM PDT by RC2
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To: MissTed

Good idea!

There are a lot of tanning salons in my area—all of them mom & pop type of operations. Some are only charging $8-10 for some tanning sessions.


8 posted on 07/02/2010 7:58:00 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: ladyvet

Wow. I never thought of it that way! This is a RACIST tax.


9 posted on 07/02/2010 7:58:06 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: mbs6

“P.S. Isn’t this a racist tax against whites?”

It should be accompanied by a Jheri-Curl tax.


10 posted on 07/02/2010 7:59:38 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: MissTed
"Tea Party organizers should start posting flyers at the salons."

Everybody should do this.
11 posted on 07/02/2010 8:03:39 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Nachum
Isn't this a very unfair raciest tax that only white (sans their tans) people will have to pay?

Put the same tax on bleaching creams etc., to make it fair and equitable. ;-)

12 posted on 07/02/2010 8:03:55 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If Obama doesn't destroy America, she is indestructible.)
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To: matginzac
Snookie is pissed!

But, what has The Situation had to say about it?

13 posted on 07/02/2010 8:04:44 AM PDT by riri
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To: Nachum

Most tanning salons I’ve ever seen were small, storefront type strip mall businesses. These businesses are not known for large cash flows and generally survive month to month in their ability to cover overhead. This tax will put many of them under.


14 posted on 07/02/2010 8:06:06 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity
This tax will put many of them under.

That was the whole purpose of it.

15 posted on 07/02/2010 8:07:29 AM PDT by livius
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To: ladyvet
Yep!

A Whitey tax in the interest of social justice and reparations all rolled into one...

16 posted on 07/02/2010 8:07:41 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: ladyvet

I was sitting here thinking, “Why did the Congress decide to pick on this one business “.
In a two thousand page law with all of the BS it entails what made the tanning business stand out for punishment, and then I read your post and the light came on.

This is a tax on White People.


17 posted on 07/02/2010 8:09:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Nachum

10%? - Big Deal....
There was a 156% increase in the Fed excise tax on cigarettes and a 2,200% Fed increase on rolling tobacco....with state taxes on top of it.

10% is a drop in the barrel.
It’s a teeny-tiny VAT tax
The “Value Added” is you get tanned.

I’m surprised they didn’t add a VAT to boob jobs too...
Guess the Big Breast lobby has more pull....


18 posted on 07/02/2010 8:10:05 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Nachum

Simple solution. Tanning fee $1 - tax on tan = $0.10. Cleaning fee $10. Tax on cleaning fee = applicable sales tax only.


19 posted on 07/02/2010 8:10:16 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberal Logic: Mandatory health insurance is constitutional - enforcing immigration law is not.)
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To: circlecity
This tax will put many of them under.

Ofcourse it will. There is only so much people will pay for something like this so they don't have much room to pass the tax on to the consumer. And again, we are in the middle of a time where millions have had to cut out things like this due to a loss of discretionary income or any income at all.

20 posted on 07/02/2010 8:10:19 AM PDT by riri
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To: mbs6
Isn’t this a racist tax against whites?

You got that right. And you ain't seen nothing yet-part two is a 10% tax on Father's Day cards......

21 posted on 07/02/2010 8:10:43 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: MissTed

Great idea!
My casual observation is that a lot of tanning consumers are young.
This would be a good place to educate them.


22 posted on 07/02/2010 8:11:43 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Nachum

Melanin subsidies will not be covered under Obamacare!


23 posted on 07/02/2010 8:22:37 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: libertarian27
Guess the Big Breast lobby has more pull....

Or more...weight?

24 posted on 07/02/2010 8:24:09 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

It’s called the Cracker tax.......


25 posted on 07/02/2010 8:31:29 AM PDT by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..........)
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To: Nachum
Tanning Salon tax = a clever way to tax white people.

When Republicans gain control I purpose they offer up a afro sheen tax and then watch how the Congressional Black Caucus blows a gasket.

26 posted on 07/02/2010 8:36:47 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: sodpoodle

Here’s a little ditty I wrote and posted on FR last year—see verse #7-this was before the tanning tax news came out. I must be psychic!:

Barrack Obama sings “What a Wonderful World”

I see an America,
that’s finally “green”.
No cars on the road,
except for my limousine.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I eat Wagyu beef
amid people of fashion.
As you wait in line
for your weekly bread ration.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I see a nuclear Iran
free to do as they choose.
They can generate power,
or wipe out the Jews.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I know my health plan’s the worst
that all of you’ve ever seen.
But it’ll pay for itself
once we start to sell Soylent Green.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

Wise people of color finally running the show.
Who knows just how far our country will go?
I’m a worthy successor to men who’ve governed so well.
Like Robert Mugabe—and Presidente Fidel.

I see the Constitution
wadded up and tossed.
It’s no longer valid-
‘cause I won and you lost.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I see crackers working
to redress past wrongs.
My new “No Melanin” tax
will keep revenue strong.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I see reparations paid
It’ll square things, no doubt.
At least up until
the money runs out.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I see re-education camps
for uppity white folks.
Those who thought the wrong thoughts,
or told the wrong jokes.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

I see mobs raid your houses,
“liberating” what’s “theirs”
You think that’s unjust?
Call someone who cares.
And I say to myself “What a wonderful world!”

Wise people of color finally evening the score.
The “new math” is simple-you get less, we get more.
But we need your hard work so we can keep living large.
Your good times are over-now Obama’s in charge!

You see my evil intentions
along with my blundering.
Why’d you vote for me?
You’ve got to be wondering.

I bet you don’t say to yourself
“What a wonderful world”

No-I bet you ain’t saying to yourself
“What a wonderful world”


27 posted on 07/02/2010 8:38:15 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: murrie

“Now you are going to find out what it is to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”


28 posted on 07/02/2010 8:50:28 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

We should have dragged Thomas Sowell, kicking and screaming into the White House and forced him to take the oath of office as POTUS.

I had a dream!!!!

We have a nightmare.


29 posted on 07/02/2010 8:53:03 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: riri

He probably hasn’t a clue!!!
(They won’t talk abt it on Entertainment Tonight...)


30 posted on 07/02/2010 8:56:57 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: GSWarrior

31 posted on 07/02/2010 8:59:54 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians..... especially ones that you admire.)
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To: Nachum

white guy/gal Tax.


32 posted on 07/02/2010 9:02:11 AM PDT by TNoldman (Call 1911 not 911!)
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To: Nachum

33 posted on 07/02/2010 9:24:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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