When women purchase feminine hygiene products such as tampons or pads, they have to pay sales tax. But if a man wants to buy erectile dysfunction drug, the purchase is not taxed.
But a South Carolina House proposal would change that.
Under House bill H. 3563, feminine hygiene products such as tampons, period pads and other menstrual care products would be exempt from sales taxes.
The state would give up about $5.9 million in annual revenue by nixing a so-called tampon tax, and it would keep about $1.4 million of local sales taxes out of municipal coffers.
Proponents of the bill, which the House Ways and Means Committee approved Thursday in a 22-0 vote, say sales taxes can be regressive and that taxing these products hurts poor people.
“People should not have to choose in our state between their essential needs,” said Ashley Lidow, director of policy and government relations for the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network. “Just like food, period products are necessary for people’s health and well being, and women and families should not incur additional costs on these essential products.”
Feminine hygiene products would join 83 types of products that are exempt from sales tax in the state, including hearing aids, prescription medicine and groceries. Those exemptions include Viagra and wrapping paper used during the sale and delivery of tangible personal property.Read the Full Article