It’s official! New York to exempt tampons
- Jul 22, 2016 | Gail Cole
There's been a lot of buzz around exempting tampons and sanitary napkins from sales tax, and not just in the United States. Over the last few years, there have been calls for tampon tax exemptions around the globe, including in Australia, France, Great Britain, and Malaysia. The tax was eliminated last year in Canada, and it seemed that 2016 would be the Year of the Tampon Tax Exemption here in the U.S. — legislation to create such an exemption was introduced in at least six states and one city (Chicago).
Over the course of several months, several of these bills died. Two, however, made it to the governors’ desks, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is the first to put pen to paper. He signed the bill on July 21, saying “This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice.” The New York exemption takes effect September 1, 2016 and applies to the following:
- Feminine hygiene sypringes
- Panty liners
- Sanitary napkins
- Vaginal creams, foams, ointments, jellies, powders, and sprays used for hygiene purposes
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has yet to sign (or indicate whether or not he intends to sign) the bill sitting on his desk.
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