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VOL32 ISS2 2017

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WWW.SMARTTAN.COM 31 SMART TAN MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2017 When Congress passed legislation to repeal the Tan Tax last January as part of a larger bill package, it was a momentous step in the right direction for indoor tanning. Thousands of hours of Capitol Hill meetings by the American Suntanning Association's federal lobbying team gained the necessary support from political leaders who became receptive to our industry's scientifically substantiated position. Unfortunately, the milestone was more or less symbolic at the time, as there was little chance that President Barack Obama would sign a bill into law that would strike down any part of his legacy, the Affordable Care Act. But now, after eight years of what many consider to be a federal administration unfriendly to business in general, and particularly harsh on indoor tanning, the opportunity for real progress may be upon us. The election of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump, who campaigned prominently on business-friendly promises, can be expected to bring about wide-reaching changes for indoor tanning businesses. First and foremost, the 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services should be abolished in the near future. We used to talk about 'if we could get something done.' Now it feels like the conversation is can we get it done? WHEN - Bart Bonn, American Suntanning Association

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