Senate Kills Botox Tax, Adds Tanning Tax

It could soon cost more to get that bronzed look indoors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2009 11:42 AM CST
Senate Kills Botox Tax, Adds Tanning Tax
A woman catches some rays in a tanning bed.   (PRNewsFoto/ETS Tan LLC)

The Senate bill on health care reform has good news and bad for those who use artificial means to look better in the mirror. The legislation scraps a proposed 5% tax on cosmetic surgery but adds a 10% tax on indoor tanning beds that deliver UV rays. "The only good news for tanners is that the tax becomes effective on July 1, 2010, so fake sun seekers have the entire winter to enjoy the last round of tax-free tans," writes Patricia Murphy at Politics Daily. (More cosmetic surgery stories.)

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