Four years ago, amid an economic battering that sapped traditional sources of revenue, the D.C. Council briefly floated expanding the sales tax to a list of previously untaxed services. Among them were gyms and health clubs — including yoga studios — giving the proposal a catchy shorthand: the “yoga tax.”
People hated the yoga tax — at least, the many hundreds of people, mobilized by health clubs and the like, who bombarded lawmakers with their dismay, including at a Freedom Plaza rally. The yoga tax proposal was dropped.
Well, the yoga tax is back. Under a budget proposal forged by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) that won initial council approval Wednesday, health clubs would be among the businesses now required to start collecting sales tax starting Jan. 1, 2015. The proposal was made public Tuesday night, giving council members and the public less than 18 hours to digest the proposal before the first vote. Continue reading >>