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Yoga, gym sales tax likely to go forward in DC

Tuesday - 6/3/2014, 11:16pm  ET

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June 3, 2014: Fighting a tax with burpees. Gym owners and members do burpees outside the Wilson Building in D.C. They're protesting the so-called "yoga tax." (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he doesn't expect the council to scale back or undo a proposal to apply sales taxes to yoga classes and gym memberships.

Mendelson said Monday that the tax increase is part of a package of reforms that will reduce the tax burden of the average District of Columbia resident. He says the yoga and gym tax is "insignificant" compared to the hundreds of dollars in savings that residents will see on their tax bills over the next few years.

The Democrat adds that the council would have to find another source of revenue if it scraps the yoga and gym tax.

Opponents have started a Facebook group called "Say NO to DC Gym Tax" and are trying to rally support to defeat the proposal.


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