since 2011, despite increased overall spending on services by consumers, according to investigators from the University of Pennsylvania.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 with a 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services, consumer spending, as reflected by collections of that tax, has dropped 13% – from $86.3 million in 2011 to $75.1 in 2016. The amount collected actually increased in 2012 and 2013, when revenue was $91.7 million, making the drop since that peak an even larger 18.1%. Overall personal spending on services, in the meantime, rose steadily from $7.1 billion in 2011 to $8.7 billion in 2016, or 22.6%, Kishore L. Jayakumar and Jules B. Lipoff, MD, said in.
These findings, when combined with earlier surveys demonstrating “that the prevalence of indoor tanning had been increasing as late as 2009 [imply] a trend reversal coinciding with the tax’s implementation,” but they do not definitively show causation and should be considered “secondary to the public health objective of deterring indoor tanning,” the investigators wrote.
Mr. Jayakumar reported receiving “enrolled agent” status from the Internal Revenue Service. They did not report any other conflicts.
SOURCE: Jayakumar KL et al. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Apr 11. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0161.