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National push to get rid of 'Tampon Tax'

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A national push to get rid of the sales tax on tampons is gaining steam.

A group of women filed a lawsuit accusing the state of New York of unlawfully taxing tampons. It stated that while tampons and other feminine hygiene products are taxed, medical items are exempt, along with Rogaine, foot powder, adult diapers and dandruff shampoo.

New York is just one of several states, including Michigan that is now considering legislation to abolish the tampon tax.

States considering legislation to abolish the tampon tax:

  •   -- California (state sales tax is 7.5 percent)
  •   -- Connecticut (state sales tax is 6.35 percent)
  •   -- Illinois (state sales tax is 6.25 percent)
  •   -- Michigan (state sales tax is 6 percent)
  •   -- New York (state sales tax is 4 percent)
  •   -- Virginia (state sales tax is 6 percent)
  •   -- Wisconsin (state sales tax is 5 percent)
  •    A bill failed earlier this session in Utah, where the state sales tax is 4.7 percent.

A handful of states do not tax tampons and sanitary pads:

  •    -- Maryland
  •    -- Massachusetts
  •    -- Minnesota
  •    -- New Jersey
  •    -- Pennsylvania

There are some states with no sales tax:

  •    -- Alaska
  •    -- Delaware
  •    -- Montana
  •    -- New Hampshire
  •    -- Oregon

A change.org petition has been started to stop the tampon tax. See it here.

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