Florida lawmakers want to eliminate the 'tampon tax'

Posted at 6:57 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 06:57:21-04

Lawmakers in Florida want to eliminate the so-called "tampon tax," or a sales tax on the products women use while menstruating.

Two proposals considering feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual pads a tax-exempt purchase moved ahead in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday. Advocates for the change say these items are a necessity for women and should be considered a "common household remedy" under state law. Currently, there are thirteen states that do not impose a sales tax on these products.

If the sales tax is eliminated, women would save money, although it remains unclear how much. The change would cost the state $3.8 million a year in lost tax revenue and local governments could lose about $1 million on a recurring basis.