Indoor Tanning Tax Has Business Owners Heated

06/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Grace Gold

But then, there's the downside: Women own 67 percent of indoor tanning businesses, and the tax could lead to more than 1,000 business closures resulting in 9,000 lost jobs in 2010, according to the International Smart Tan Network - which is the largest training organization for tanning professionals in North America.

Its vice president, Joseph Levy, is concerned that the tax will hit an industry that is already suffering from the recession, as more consumers cut back on optional beauty treatments like tanning.