Stop Tennessee's Sales Tax on Fitness & Healthy Lifestyles
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Taxed on Healthy Choices?
The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently implemented a change in the "Amusement Tax" policy to expand the umbrella and apply this tax to most fitness classes and personal training sessions (see notice here). The state of Tennessee is already one of the most unhealthy states in the U.S. and is currently ranked number 45th in the country by America's Health rankings. Therefore, increasing the cost of fitness classes and personal training session by implementing this tax seems counter intuitive, if the health of Tennesseans is of any importance to the state. Increasing the cost of true “healthcare” and making exercise more unattainable for Tennesseans is not what we need. It would be more logical to take a page out of the United Kingdoms’ book and increase tax on unhealthy choices, like their “sugar tax.”
The Center for Disease Control states that as little as 60 minutes of physical activity per week can help reduce the risk of a multitude of serious heath problems. Serious problems like stokes, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and numerous more. Therefore, it would make more sense to incentivize fitness class and personal training participants, not tax them for taking responsibility of their health into their own hands. As much as we try to make fitness fun, it is by no means simply an amusing, entertainment experience, and should not be taxed as such.
To add insult to injury - this tax is only intended for small boutique fitness centers. Centers like TNB Fitness, yoga studios, barre studios, and more, are all targeted for additional taxation. Meanwhile large facilities that have 15,000 square feet, and are open 70 hours per week, are exempt from this tax.
So… What can YOU do about it?
Please join us in combating this recent ruling that alters the "Amusement Tax" to include fitness classes and personal training sessions and sign our petition below! Let's do something to help ENCOURAGE Tennesseans to live a healthy lifestyle and take true "healthcare" into their own hands - not tax them on their healthy choices.
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You've signed the petition, what now?
1) SHARE this to your social media accounts and help spread the word and encourage more signatures! (Use hashtag #NoFitnessTaxTN)
2) Visit TNB Fitness's blog and read more about how you can support the PHIT Act pending in congress right now and let your representatives know you support it! The PHIT Act is a small step towards adding preventative care to our healthcare system.
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