On July 1, the 10 percent tanning tax was officially put into action. Snooki of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has already expressed her dislike of the new regulations, saying “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. He did that because of us. McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and he’d probably want to be tan.” She may not go tanning anymore, but there’s a bit more to the tax than just “no tanning.”
Here’s a cheat sheet to the new tax (which we read so you don’t have to):

  • The tax is 10 percent on tanning… but there are exceptions:
  • Tanning done by a licensed medical professional, in their office, is not taxed
  • Tanning in a health club isn’t taxed either (because tanning isn’t considered their main offering)
  • Even if part of your tanning is covered by insurance, it will be taxed along with whatever you pay.
  • If you, for example, tan and get a massage, only the tan will be taxed.
  • Whoever pays for the tan will have to cover the tax. So if you give a tanning gift certificate to someone else, you’re covering the tax.

For those of you who can’t live without a nice tan and don’t want to pay more for it, there are still the options of using a spray tan, self-tanner, or the natural way of spending time out in the sun (use SPF!). Or you can just let your natural skin tone shine through. Whatever option you choose, try to stay away from tanning beds. Not only are they bad for your skin and health—they’re now officially bad for your wallet too.

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