The same day the American College of Sports Medicine named Washington D.C. the fittest city in the country, the DC City Council voted to impose sales tax on fitness-related services.
The Washington Post is reporting that last night the DC City Council approved a so-called "Yoga Tax", which would require health clubs to begin collecting sales tax starting Jan. 1, 2015.
The tax would be levied on "the services of a health club or a tanning studio … mean[ing] a fitness club, fitness center, or gym the purpose of which is physical exercise, including fitness and recreational sports facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning or recreational sports activities, including swimming, skating, or racquet sports, except not health resorts and spas where recreational facilities are combined with sleeping accommodations … [or] a business the purpose of which is to provide individuals a manmade tan, including sun tanning salons and spray tanning salons." (Source: Washington Post)
As in 2010 when a similar tax was proposed, there has been a backlash. A "Say NO to DC Gym Tax" Facebook group for those opposed to the tax went online yesterday.