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Yoga DC Message Board › New tax on fitness in DC

New tax on fitness in DC

A former member
Post #: 14
Tony mentioned a tax on fitness services in DC and I received some information about where this stands. There is a potential tax in DC that I believe is detrimental to fitness and healthy living. Here's the info:

"DC Council Considers Healthy Lifestyle Tax
As the District of Columbia Council considers proposals to close a $550 million budget deficit, it is looking at extending the sales tax to services currently not taxable, including health club memberships. Media reports indicate that the Council appears to be divided on the issue, as local fitness enthusiasts have been loudly opposing a tax on their healthy lifestyles. One Council member reported to the Washington Post that his office had received almost 3,000 emails in one day opposing a tax on health clubs.

IHRSA members, Results Gym and Vida Fitness, have been actively working to oppose the proposal since it surfaced last week. The owner of Results Gym testified at a hearing of the Council on Friday. IHRSA has also sent letters of opposition to all of the members of the Council and launched online advocacy campaigns for local fitness professionals and health club consumers. The Council is expected to vote on the District budget in late May."

It's important for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle to oppose this tax which would make it more expensive to attend the gym and take classes. Healthy living saves tax dollars ultimately by reducing people's medical expenses since they are less likely to have disease. These health issues increase the cost of Medicaid and Medicare over time. As a member of IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sports Club association), I am opposed to this legislation and support plans to encourage exercise. If this is important to you too, please contact the council members with your concerns.

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