What is a tampon tax? This is a tax on feminine products that are taxed for profit, such as sales tax when these are necessary products. Unlike the tax exemption status granted to other products considered basic necessities. 1 in 4 woman have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income.
Currently there are 33 states that impose sales tax on feminine products such as pads and tampons. But, there is a movement to change this unfair tax practice happening right now across the United States. Even companies are joining in on this serious issue for women such as Refinery29, Lola, Periodequity and Delicate Disposal, who are working to change this stigma. But you can help too! Join the movement on social with #tampontaxprotest.
You can also submit your receipt for a tampon or pad purchase to your state department of revenue requesting a tax refund. This will not guarantee a tax refund, but it will allow your voice to be heard! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message @delicatedisposal for step-by-step instructions and a pre-drafted letter for you to send to your state in protest of the tax.
There are some cities, like Denver, Colorado that have changed their laws separately from the state. For example, Denver no longer charges tampon sales tax while Colorado as a whole does. Curious what your city and state status are on this issue? Check out Delicate Disposal showing a map of how many states are still taxing period products and how much revenue that brings in annually.
What do you think of this practice of applying sales tax to feminine products? Is it something that we should be passionately fighting? Let me know in the comments.