Tennessee is now collecting an additional 10% tax from you for your local gym, fitness center, health club, or workout studio membership. This tax penalizes you for improving your health and puts the livelihood of small business owners in danger.TELL YOUR LEGISLATOR TO TOSS THE TAX ON TENNESSEE FITNESS
TENNESSEE IS CURRENTLY RANKED
in the Nation for Obesity
in the Nation for Childhood Obesity
in the Nation for Diabetes
Tennessee has recently begun enforcing a nearly 10% Amusement Tax on all types of fitness centers, health clubs, gyms, and their members.
This burdensome tax is discouraging Tennesseans who want to get physically fit – and putting small business operators in Tennessee who are running CrossFit, Orangetheory, barre, spin, and yoga studios, among others, at a big risk.
Americans at large – and Tennesseans specifically – are becoming increasingly unhealthy. We are now the fourth highest ranked state in the nation for obesity, lead all other states in childhood obesity, and are the fifth highest state for diabetes.
Tennessee taxpayers will continue to pay more in healthcare costs if we don’t become a healthier state. The last thing we should be doing is taxing those who are working diligently to improve their health.
Tennessee’s Amusement tax is confusing, is not being universally applied, and is putting more and more small business owners at risk.
In its current form, the Amusement Tax excludes larger facilities run by national chains, while targeting smaller, Tennessee-owned gyms and fitness centers.
Eliminating the Amusement Tax on small fitness centers will encourage more Tennesseans to find a local gym to help improve their health and fitness, cut healthcare costs for our entire state, and level the playing field between Tennessee small business owners and the large, corporate gyms locating here from outside the state.
It’s time we let our elected officials know how this tax is hurting both Tennesseans who want to get physically fit and Tennessee small business owners who are providing these important services.
Fill out the form below to contact your State Legislators and ask them to: Toss the Tax on Tennessee Fitness!