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D.C. Council Won't Nix Proposed Tax on Yoga And Gyms, Mendelson Says

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says a tax on yoga and gym memberships would reduce the tax burden of the average D.C. resident.
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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says a tax on yoga and gym memberships would reduce the tax burden of the average D.C. resident.

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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