AMONG THE MEASURES announced in Budget 2018 is an increase in tax rates on sunbed services.
The VAT rate on services provided by sunbed salons will rise from 13.5% to 23% from 1 January 2018.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said in the Dáil chamber that the increase acknowledges the “clear evidence” of a link between sunbeds and skin cancer, and is made out of a concern for public health.
According to Budget 2018 documents, the tax increase will result in a “minimal exchequer gain”.
Previously, Senator Catherine Noone said that it made no sense for sunbed services to have a much lower rate of VAT than sunscreen.
“Under the VAT Consolidation Act 2010 – sunbed sessions are currently allocated a reduced VAT rate as it is deemed a service consisting of ‘care of the human body,” she said last month.
“It is ranked alongside beauty treatments, yoga and nail salons – while paradoxically, the standard 23% VAT rate is applied to sunscreen.”
“The concept of sunbed sessions coming under the category of ‘care of the human body’, is beyond comprehension.”
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, and 16% of those who are diagnosed die from the disease.
The latest figures available from the National Cancer Registry show that in 2014 there were 10,304 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and 1,041 cases of melanoma.
Written by Gráinne Ní Aodha and posted on TheJournal.ie