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The Movement to Abolish the “Tampon Tax”

Tampons and sanitary pads are still subjected to sales tax in 33 states — as if they’re a luxury item. 🤔Now, the movement to stop penalizing people with periods is on.

Luxury item or basic necessity?

Tampons and sanitary pads are still subjected to sales tax in 33 U.S. states. Meanwhile, things like hair loss treatment and gun club memberships are tax-exempt in some of the same states. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf wants to end the “tampon tax” in all states by April 15, 2020 — Tax Day. The movement to ban the “tampon tax” has gained momentum and was supported by Barack Obama in 2016. In November 2019, Ohio become the latest state to ban the “tampon tax.” It's another example of a “pink tax” — the higher prices women pay for gender-specific products like razors, dry cleaning or toys.

“For a family that has two or three daughters and is living either pay check to pay check or with public assistance, and it comes down to the decision of paying the rent or shelling out $15 or $20 dollars for tampons and pads for the females in the house, that is a problem. You couldn't walk down the street if you didn't have the proper protection you needed during those five days of the month. And therefore, we pay a lot for these products anyway, they are commercial products, and the state adding sales tax to them just creates a financial burden that seems unfair, discriminatory and is something that a lot of people now starting to rally around,” Jennifer Weiss-Wolf - Founder Period Equity tells Brut.

According to the Roosevelt Institute, Sanitary protections cost on average $4800 over a lifetime. Overall, people who menstruate spend around $150 million a year on sales tax alone for these items based on data from Period Equity. The tax on sanitary products was first banned in Kenya in 2004 and now in India, Canada, Malaysia, and Australia. One of the ways to end Menstrual discrimination and stigma surrounding periods.

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11/18/2019 11:19 AMupdated: 11/18/2019 6:30 PM
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47 comments

  • Donna R.
    a day

    Ladies, I am sorry but you can't holler women's rights and gender equality then turn around and ask for special treatment for tampons and pads. Men pay taxes on their shaving cream and razors as well. You want to save money, make your own and wash them.

  • Charley B.
    a day

    Wtf is a diva cup? Sounds gross n wrong

  • Megan P.
    2 days

    I live in Alaska, things are expensive.

  • Kerri A.
    2 days

    Get a menstrual cup. I got mine online for $10 and they have worked amazing. I save so much money now and I've never had any problems with them.

  • Dezirea B.
    3 days

    I'm so glad my job has 30 despensers. Originally they were 25c. Now each are free! It has made a much better work environment for us all!

  • Christian F.
    3 days

    Y’all spend more on make up then y’all do on tampons honestly 🤔🤔

  • Cory L.
    4 days

    Condoms too. Wait, also food. Yeah, that's a big one. Any sales tax on any item.

  • Abryonna M.
    4 days

    They take taxes out of your check. With the remaining money you pay property taxes, sales tax, and other goverment required finances. Then when your getting some money back at tax time they tax the year before. So much of our hard earned money is going to the government. What does tampons matter in the big picture of things.

  • Chad T.
    4 days

    No beer tax would be better easier to deal with the wife when she's on the rag

  • Miguel M.
    5 days

    I never see any women picking cotton or rolling like a joint and putting the firecracker fuse into it they should be taxed like everything else

  • Andrew S.
    11/29/2019 00:27

    So does that mean that shampoo and soap should also be sales tax free?

  • Victoria S.
    11/29/2019 00:15

    Honestly I think they should be free... It's not our fault nature chose us! Sales tax is only the top of the iceberg

  • Jack H.
    11/28/2019 23:32

    What's a diva cup

  • Brenda S.
    11/28/2019 11:48

    There taxes on everything no matter what it's is

  • Mae E.
    11/28/2019 01:49

    i make mines stop so i really don’t buy those items

  • Pepita R.
    11/27/2019 22:52

    Sorry I mean taxes.

  • Pepita R.
    11/27/2019 22:52

    Taxes unfair for women items. Probably taxds made by men.

  • Mike H.
    11/27/2019 16:28

    I don't understand are there more taxes on Thease items than other things. If not then it's just sales tax like everything else. And before you jump on me I live with 3 girls in our household and I buy Thease for the wife and kids.

  • Ashley K.
    11/27/2019 04:28

    I live in Ohio. They tax here to. Don't let them lie to you.

  • Bryan D.
    11/27/2019 03:16

    It's a stupid tax for sure but there just going to find something else to tax in order to recover their lost revenue.