In April, IHRSA launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to fight against a potential expansion of the sales tax to include health club services.
Since then, Democrats and Republicans in the statehouse have each introduced their own alternative tax reform packages. The Democrats' plan mirrors the Republican governor's in its proposed expansion of the state sales tax to include currently untaxed services, including health clubs. The Republicans' package does not expand the sales tax. The legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations is now working to reconcile all three proposals into a single plan.
IHRSA is encouraging Maine health club operators to speak out against this sales tax on healthy lifestyles by contacting state legislators to inform them that health club services are not just an “amusement,” but are instead a crucial component in improving the health and happiness of Maine’s citizens.
See this CBI article for more on the wellness tax issue. And see talking points to educate your lawmakers here.
And to help IHRSA protect clubs from harmful legislation and taxes in all fifty states, pledge your support today to the Industry Leadership Council.