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 physical activity 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. We like to think we are personable and entertaining coaches here at TNB Fitness - but we're not amusing enough to warrant being taxed on it!
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.
Once you’ve signed…
1) Share this post to your social media accounts, help spread the word, and encourage more signatures! (Use hashtag #NoFitnessTaxTN)
2) Read on about how you can support the PHIT Act pending in congress right now and let your representatives know you support it! This is a small step towards adding preventative care to our healthcare system!
The PHIT Act
The PHIT Act, Personal Health Investment Today Act, if passed, would allow taxpayers to place up to $2,000 a year into their pre-tax medical account AND use these pre-taxed dollars towards physical activity expenses. This act would give an incentive for individuals to exercise, ultimately decreasing or preventing healthcare costs in the future, related to preventable chronic diseases. this is a monumental step for us because it would actually put an element of prevention into our “healthcare” system, which could arguably be called our “sickcare” system in its current state.
If the PHIT Act is put into place it will help to lower the cost of fitness and exercise activities, promote a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately improve the health of Americans.
Activities that would be eligible for pre-tax reimbursement would be:
Youth & Adult Sports League Fees
Health Club Membership Dues
Exercise Classes & Personal Trainers
Sports & Fitness Equipment (used exclusively for participation in physical activities)
Pay-to-Play School Sports Fees
Organized Running Event Registration Fees
Martial Arts, Gymnastics & other Physical Activities
THIS is a step in a right direction and we encourage you to voice your support - here are some ways to do this:
Email your Member of Congress
Call your Representatives - express your support of the PHIT Act!
Write a letter you your Representatives
Engage in our Social Media campaign to increase awareness of the PHIT act (share this post and hashtag #PHITamerica #PassPHIT
Network - encourage others to do the above with you!