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IHRSA Tax Weekend Challenge Produces 750 Messages to Congress

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Congratulations, the IHRSA Tax Weekend Challenge in support of the PHIT Act and the WHIP Act generated just over 750 messages to Congressional leaders and Senators across the country! The PHIT Act would allow Americans to use pre-tax accounts like Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts to pay for gym membership and other fitness costs, such as youth sports leagues. The WHIP Act would prevent Americans who have access to employer subsidized gym membership from being taxed on the value.

We are so proud of our members and friends for speaking with one voice about the benefits of exercise, and why changing the tax code to incentivize fitness will improve the quality of life, pocketbook, and medical outcome for Americans.

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If you didn’t have the chance to send your message this weekend, please take a moment to send one now.

Thank you for participating in IHRSA’s federal advocacy efforts. If you would like to learn about further grassroots involvement, please contact IHRSA Public Policy Assistant Suzanne Trainor at

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