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Virginia session ends with no taxes on health club services 

The Virginia state legislature finished its 2014 regular session earlier this month, ringing in an important victory for Virginia health clubs. House Bill 729, which would have imposed Virginia's sales tax on health club services, did not advance in 2014.

Lawmakers will return for a special session later this month to finish work on the state budget, however, taxing health clubs will not be considered as part of the debate. HB 729 will have an opportunity to be reconsidered in 2015.

IHRSA fought to defeat HB 729. We believe that governments should encourage regular exercise and healthy lifestyles, not discourage them by taxing health club memberships and services.

IHRSA defends the industry by preventing states from imposing harmful restrictions on membership contracts, restricting access to qualified personal trainers and taxing club dues and services. IHRSA also works to promote clubs by supporting legislation that would create incentives for more people to become physically active and join their local health club.

If you have any questions, contact Tim Sullivan, IHRSA's senior legislative analyst at For more information on legal and legislative issues in Virginia, visit (members only).

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