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Latest Health Care Tax — Indoor Tanning

Editor’s note: Didn’t realize that there was such a robust indoor tanning industry.

US Senate Health-Care Bill Would Add 10% Tax On Indoor Tanning

·   By Martin Vaughan

·   Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

¶   WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–U.S. Senate Democrats boosted payroll taxes on wealthy Americans and proposed a new 10% tax on indoor tanning to help pay for late changes to a broad health-care reform bill.

¶   But Senate leaders dropped from the bill a 5% tax on all elective cosmetic surgeries that had been in an earlier version. Allergan Inc. (AGN), the maker of Botox, along with Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (MRX), and other firms lobbied against that tax, arguing that it was unfair to working women.

¶   The tanning bed tax was inserted in lieu of the cosmetic surgery levy, also known as the Bo-tax, according to a Democratic aide.

¶   The package of changes unveiled Saturday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), includes a 0.9% add-on to Medicare payroll taxes for individuals earning more than $200,000, or couples earning more than $250,000. That is up from 0.5% in an earlier version of the bill.

¶   People with earnings above the threshold would face a total 3.8% Medicare payroll tax, when the employer share of the tax is included. Under current law, wages are subject to a 2.9% payroll tax.

¶    -By Martin Vaughan, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9244; martin.vaughan@dowjones.com

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December 19, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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