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How IHRSA Can Help Your Club Stop a Proposed Sales Tax

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BOSTON, MA - What do lawmakers do when they want to discourage smoking or drinking too much sugar? They tax those products. So, why would these lawmakers do the same to healthy lifestyles when the country, actually most of the developed world, is dealing with:

  • Chronic Illness,
  • Lack of access to places to exercise, and
  • Rampant Obesity.

Instead, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association believes policy makers should encourage or increase access to physical activity, which improves health, helps bring down the cost of healthcare, and bolsters our national and local economies.

"Policymakers who seek to tax physical activity are ignoring the high cost of physical inactivity," says Jeff Perkins, IHRSA's Assistant Vice President of Government Relations. "People who exercise regularly are significantly less likely to suffer from obesity-related and other chronic diseases, incur fewer health care costs, are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety and are more productive employees with lower rates of sick leave and absenteeism."

IHRSA's Government Relations team tracks, alerts and acts on all types of legislation affecting the industry. Unfortunately, IHRSA is seeing an increasing number of states look to taxes on club memberships as new revenue streams, even from traditionally low-tax and business-friendly states.

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