Women have been paying a “pink tax” for years without seeing it explicitly printed on their sales receipts. Simply put, the pink tax refers to the premium price that women pay for many products that are marketed to women when compared to comparable, generic products.
Women are also impacted by high taxes applied to period products – as if they were some kind of luxury product – but that’s beginning to change, both in the United States and around the World.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, “Long classified in Germany as “luxury goods” taxed at the highest possible rate, tampons, pads and other menstrual products will soon join bread, books and cut flowers on the list of items considered “necessary for everyday life. The change, set to take effect on Jan. 1, will reduce the tax on menstrual products to 7 percent from 19 percent.”
The article notes that while Kenya was the first nation to stop taxing menstrual products (way back in 2004), in the United States some 35 States continue to tax menstrual products. The question that those who support the removal of sales tax from menstrual products is, ” Why are tampons taxed when Viagra isn’t?” Hmm…
Check out the links below to learn more about what you can do to roll back taxes on period products in your State.