Feminine hygiene products sales tax ban moves forward at Vt. Statehouse

Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 12:05 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 9:15 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - A key legislative committee has given the green light to a bill that would ban the sales tax on menstrual products in Vermont.

Right now, tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products have a 6% statewide sales tax. Economists say eliminating this so-called ‘pink tax’ would create a $685,000 gap in tax revenue. But lawmakers say the initiative is aimed at equity and lifting a burden on half of the population.

“It’s really an equity issue, it’s a gender equity issue, it’s an equity issue for lower-income girls who may have a hard time purchasing these products, and their families,” said Sen. Ruth Hardy D-Addison.

The Senate is also working on a companion bill that would provide free hygiene products to students. The full Senate is expected to vote on the menstrual product bill in the coming days.

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