One of the more puzzling taxes that states impose on its citizens involves the collection of sales tax on feminine items such as tampons and sanitary napkins. In essence, they are a necessity for women that men do not require.
Over the past couple of years, dozens of bills have been introduced in state legislatures that aim to do away with a tax that only affects women. There are hardly any other gender-specific taxes, and while tax revenues may dip slightly for state budgets, it’s an equality issue that over half of state governments are currently addressing.
13 states do not tax feminine care products (5 states have no state sales tax, 8 states have enacted legislation to eliminate the tax) and another 15 have a bill introduced in at least one legislative chamber to do the same thing.
States that have eliminated feminine product taxes – New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, …
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