Bill removing tampon sales tax advances in Legislature

Cristina GarciaA bill to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products came one step closer to becoming law on Thursday, ok’d by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Proponents have argued it’s a matter of gender fairness, as these products — including tampons, sanitary napkins and menstrual cups and sponges — are a basic necessity for women.

The bill’s sponsors, Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, and Ling Ling Chang, R-Brea, have also argued hypocrisy in the past, as certain non-essentials products, like candy, are already exempt from sales tax. 

“Fundamentally this is about gender equity and leveling the field,” Garcia said in a statement. “Every month, for 40 years of our lives, we are taxed for being born women. … Every month we are told our periods are a luxury, while also being told they are something to be ashamed of and we must hide.”

The Board of Equalization, which voted to support the measure earlier this year, projects the tax revenue lost if the bill were to pass to be around $20 million annually, hardly noticeable in the state’s $171 billion budget — or in women’s pockets as the savings come to less than $0.01 per woman per day.

Several other states have adopted similar measures, as have Canada and the United Kingdom. 

1 comment

Write a comment
  1. milton
    milton 12 August, 2016, 19:23

    Is it tax free if a fireman buys the tampon to stick it in another fireman’s ass?

    Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Leave a Reply



Related Articles

CA Democrats endorse Harris for Senate

SAN JOSE – Attorney General Kamala Harris secured the California Democratic Party endorsement for U.S. Senate Saturday night over Orange

Gov. Brown says one would ‘think’ Dems for disadvantaged

May 20. 2103 By Chris Reed On Friday, I noted that the state budget scrum always involved a series of

Critics warn drug mandate will increase health care costs

A prescription drug bill, Assembly Bill 339, would save money for many with chronic medical conditions. But critics warn that