The Tampon Tax Is Becoming a Thing of the Past -- About Bloody Time

Tampon tax abolished in ChicagoWhile no one's ever thrilled to pay taxes on purchases, there are some you don't mind. For example, when you go out to dinner, you expect to add a little extra for tax and gratuity. But when you're paying for feminine hygiene products -- clearly not a fun, luxury item -- it seems pretty absurd and unjust. Well, residents of Chicago just got a well-deserved break, as the city has voted to end sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins to "correct an unfairness to women." We say amen to that!


Seriously, how was this ever okay? Obviously, we don't have much choice in the matter. Where in the world are tampons and maxi-pads not considered a necessity? (If such a place exists, remind me not to go there!) 

While this seems like the epitome of common sense, sadly the places where we're not taxed on these hygiene products are in the minority. Of the states that charge sales tax only Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey are not taxing tampons and pads. Last summer, Canada did away with the tax completely. It's time for the U.S. follow suit!

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Though not enough to inspire you to move, it certainly does make one angry. (Especially if it's that time of the month!)

The good news is the tide may be turning as this becomes a national issue, with more women coming forward to declare the tax unconstitutional.

Hopefully, more cities and states will follow Chicago's lead. Currently, New York, Ohio, Utah and Virginia have pending legislation to drop the tax, according to CNN.

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Isn't it enough that you have to deal with cramps, bloating, headaches, and many of the other hassles menstruation brings with it -- monthly? Should we really have to pay extra for items we'd much prefer to just skip buying if we could?


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