An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Nationally Repealing the Tampon Tax

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We are a group of students running an advocacy campaign for the repealment of the sales tax on menstrual products called the Tampon Tax. Over 30 states still recognize the tampon tax as part of their state taxes which has proven to be a harmful and discriminatory imposition for women. Even more unjust is the fact that products such as Viagra condoms are not taxed as they are classified as "medical drugs." States profit millions off of these taxes only to take advantage of the many women compromising their health for an essential treated as a luxury. This issue hinders our progress towards complete gender equality is not only an ethical burden on women, but a financial burden as well. Paying tax for tampons can be a matter of having to choose between food for women and their families versus hygienic health in certain situations. In 2016, New York State signed legislation eliminating local and state taxes on menstrual products, becoming the 11th state to do so. With the creation of bill s6726, products such as tampons have become more accessible to lower-income residents of New York State. The Tampon Tax has yet to be removed from most states because legislators argue that the tax revenue is essential to the economic productivity of our nation; however, we argue that having a gender-based discrimination tax should be abolished and shifted to a product that will be equally taxed in society, which is likely create more revenue because more of the population will use it. I urge you to vote for the bills brought into your legislature that will get rid of this tax. If the concern is over the revenue the tax collects for the state, Between 2016 and 2018, states like New York, Nevada, Illinois, Florida and Connecticut have abolished their tampon taxes. Likewise, countries such as Canada, India, Malaysia, and Australia have too nixed the tax. If states who still tax these essential products were to follow suit, America will be one step closer to guaranteeing equality for all by the strengthening of gender equality. Thank you so much for your time.

First sent on August 16, 2020 by Bipartisan Feminist Project

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