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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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  • Doug S.
    01/31/2020 22:00

    They shouldn't tax condoms either.

  • Mary S.
    01/30/2020 11:02

    It's not a luxury it's a need we bleed it's normal to bleed for women once a month it's a normal body function like if we get shot we get medical attention it's a need not a want

  • Beckyann M.
    01/29/2020 04:53

    Just think, your taxes from you're period go to build roads and free education for are kids, lol. You're blood sacrafice is tax revenue for all of us. Period on....😅😅😅

  • Beckyann M.
    01/29/2020 04:50

    Really, who's the cheapskate worrying about pennies on the dollar for sanitary pads, wow really. Just buy your pads, ok if the schools want to hand them out for free to underprivileged children or teenagers that need them, that's great but adults quibbling over taxed maxi pads , get real, there are much more important things in life than that, and men don't want to hear about your periods.

  • Irene W.
    01/29/2020 03:25

    They still tax food in some states... Tell me how that is a luxury???

  • Rhonda G.
    01/28/2020 06:28

    Illinois doesnt have the sales tax anymore either

  • John S.
    01/27/2020 22:56

    Condoms should be free if they want to ban abortions. If a man doesn't want the women to have his child he shouldn't have to pay. To many gold diggers out there. Theirs even one in the white White House as i speak. Equality for all, not just women.

  • Debbie B.
    01/27/2020 18:31

    I don't think it's a luxury need it's something a women or a teen age girls need there should not tax stuff like that it's mother nature but that my opinion 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Abigail B.
    01/27/2020 12:08

    Dear ladies. We can also buy reusable products such as the diva cup or cloth pads! I would encourage anyone to try them because you pay once and use them for years!

  • Jasmine J.
    01/26/2020 14:48

    U just tramatized girl i just once got stuck with thqt inside i had to go to er i payed private noone to know jijijiji no more that crap on me

  • Ann H.
    01/26/2020 14:40

    I wish Michigan would join the club !!

  • Gina M.
    01/26/2020 12:45

    Was I the only one who saw it say people..no it's WOMEN.who get periods, not people,finally get to not pay tax on it..now that I'm getting a hystorectomy..classic timing😂😂😂

  • Alana S.
    01/26/2020 00:27

    Wow I never thought of it that way

  • Adrianne T.
    01/25/2020 16:55

    Yup, no joke! 3 teen daughters=$$$$

  • Priscilla D.
    01/22/2020 21:01

    How is it a luxury item??? Do u think we WANT to bleed 7 days a month? Our organs are anything but luxurious 🙄🙄

  • Annie S.
    01/22/2020 03:03

    It's all a luxury. We can go back to catalogs & rags which are free, but I doubt you will do that.

  • John R.
    01/19/2020 17:51

    Guess what, bet you can’t. Toilet paper is taxed in all 50 states. Toilet paper is a necessity for everyone. You don’t see anyone starting an uprising against toilet paper taxes.

  • Terry P.
    01/18/2020 19:37

    its 18 cents LOL!

  • Matt R.
    01/18/2020 12:29

    The democrats are at it again. 🙄

  • Andrew B.
    01/17/2020 14:29

    I just have to let you know that the tax on female items in most States an all the US has been dropped