Illinois tampon sales tax feminine products

By May 19, 2016November 16th, 2019Illinois Sales Tax, Uncategorized

Illinois tampon sales tax feminine products
State lawmakers are considering getting rid of a controversial tax on feminine hygeine products.
Critics say the so-called tampon taxes are unfair to women. In Illinois, feminine hygiene products are taxed 6.25 percent because the state classifies tampons, pads and menstrual cups as “luxury items”.
State lawmakers on Thursday approved measures to eliminate the state sales tax on feminine hygiene products and expand contraceptive options.
Under current law, tampons, sanitary napkins and adult diapers are taxed as “luxury items” at a rate of 6.25 percent, a classification supporters say is unfair. Sponsoring Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, arguing they were “unavoidable necessities” for women and seniors.
The measure now heads to the House for consideration. Last month, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously to abolish the so-called tampon tax, labeling feminine hygiene products as medical necessities exempt from the city’s 1.25 percent sales tax.
In the House, lawmakers approved a measure that would expand contraceptive options for women by eliminating a complicated waiver process they must go through to get birth control medications not offered by their insurance companies.
Mansoor Ansari J.D., LL.M. (TAX)
Illinois tampon sales tax feminine products

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