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Pennsylvania Health Clubs Work with IHRSA to Defeat Sales Tax

Advocates for healthy lifestyles earned a victory in Pennsylvania this past week, finishing off a two-year fight against a proposal to impose a sales tax on health clubs.

Last Thursday, Senate Bill 76 (76), which finances property tax reform with an expansion of the sales tax to a number of previously untaxed services - including those provided by health clubs - was officially laid to rest.

The bill gained some forward momentum in the closing months of the 2013-14 legislative session. However, health club operators responded by sending 115 messages to state lawmakers, asking them to oppose a tax on exercise. The industry’s grassroots campaign lent weight to the message that IHRSA, in conjunction with its lobbying team in Harrisburg, had delivered to each member of the state legislature throughout the session.
While the victory is great news for the industry and health lifestyles in the state, the celebration will be short-lived. Supporters of the bill intend to regroup over the coming months and make another push for property tax reform next year in the new two-year session. IHRSA is making its own preparations for a renewed fight on this issue.

For more on Pennsylvania news, health club laws and more, visit the IHRSA members-only Pennsylvania page.

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