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Tampons exempt from Illinois sales tax, January 2017


 Feminine hygiene products in Illinois, January 2017.

Beginning January 1, 2017, menstrual cups, menstrual pads, and tampons are exempt from Illinois sales and use tax. The exemption is due to the enactment of Senate Bill 2746 (P.A. 99-855).

Proposed exemptions for essential items such as tampons and diapers are sweeping the globe and the nation. Many states, including California, have considered or are considering them this session. In addition to Illinois, the following states have enacted exemptions:

  • New York (feminine hygiene products), September 1, 2016
  • Connecticut (diapers, feminine hygiene products), July 2018

Read more about taxing and exempting essentials here.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.