Update 9.14.16: California Governor Brown has vetoed legislation that would have created an exemption for feminine hygiene products. Learn more.
Update 7.22.2016: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the legislation exempting feminine hygiene products from state and local sales taxes, calling it “a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long.” He added that “lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice.” The exemption takes effect on September 1.
It’s the Year of the Monkey for adherents of the Chinese Zodiac. For the United Nations, it’s the International Year of the Pulses. But with respect to sales tax, 2016 may be the Year of the Tampon Exemption.
In recent years, the need to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax or value added tax (VAT) has been raised around the globe. It’s been discussed in Australia and Great Britain, Canada and France. It was only a matter of time before it reached the desks of state lawmakers.
During the first weeks of 2016, lawmakers in California and Utah introduced legislation seeking sales and use tax exemptions for feminine hygiene products. Similar bills have also been introduced in Connecticut, New York, Mississippi and Ohio. […]