Many people don’t know the laws around menstrual hygiene products and taxes on items deemed as luxury goods… We didn’t either! But with knowledge comes power. Join our global movement of fed-up menstruators by knowing the laws, knowing your rights, and raising your voice to demand change in your communities.
The TAMPON Tax State by State
30 states still tax menstrual products as “luxury goods.” The good news? Between 2016 and 2018, 5 states eliminated the tax on period products, and in 2019, 22 more states introduced similar legislation. Becoming a force for change starts with understanding the laws in your own city and state. Take a look at this interactive map, created by our friends at Tax Free Period, to see whether your state taxes products like pads and tampons as “luxury goods.”
LUXURY ITEMS (TAXED) VS NECESSITIES (NON-TAXED)
Learn more about what the laws are in your own city and state. You have the power to advocate for change.
THE TAMPON TAX AROUND THE WORLD
Check out the interactive world map from Period Tax to learn more about the global fight to eliminate the tax on menstrual products!
FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS IN SCHOOLS
Students in low income communities often have difficulty obtaining menstrual hygiene products, but thanks to a bill proposed by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia from California’s 58th Assembly District, students are now able to get menstrual products in schools. California Assembly Bill No. 10 (AB-10), which was signed into law by the Governor in October 2017, requires all Title 1 schools, those schools that meet a 40% student poverty threshold, to provide free menstrual products in 50% of the school’s bathrooms. To learn more about AB-10 and how the pandemic is affecting students’ ability to access menstrual products, click here!
ELIMINATING THE TAMPON TAX
Power Pump Girls Inc. has been working hard to make sure every menstruator in Louisiana has access to menstrual hygiene products. Now, by passing LA House Bill 328, Louisiana has made menstrual hygiene products and diapers exempt from local sales tax. Check out this video from Power Pump Girls Inc. to watch the exemption get signed into law in Baton Rouge! To learn more about Power Pump Girls Inc., visit their website.