Florida is the Latest State to Eliminate This Insane Tax on Being a Woman

Tampon tax
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Starting in January 2018, feminine hygiene products will be tax-exempt in Florida. A new bill, signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott, finally eliminates the taxation of tampons and pads. (Bless.)

Feminine Hygiene — Not a Luxury

Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads are now taxed as “luxury items”  — meaning things that aren’t considered necessary.

But over the last few years, the so-called pink tax has been called into question as people started realizing that periods and the tools necessary — see how that word just shows up here? — to handle them in a hygienic and healthy way are in no way voluntary or “luxurious.”

A Growing Trend (or People are Coming to Their Senses)

With this measure, Florida joins a growing list of states that have eliminated this unnecessary tax on necessary goods. The AP reports that 13 other states and Washington, D.C. have eliminated taxes on feminine hygiene products or passed laws that will do away with them.

Across the country, lawmakers are pushing to classify pads and tampons not as luxury goods, but as a “common household remedy” — so hopefully, this is only the beginning.

Floridians are set to save an estimated $11 million a year with the elimination of the tax.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.