Imagine the frustration of being taxed on an item required for a medical condition that is out of your control. A lot of women are feeling this very irritation after it came to popular knowledge that 40 out of 50 US states require a tax on tampons and other feminine products. Outrage first began to spread when two women from the California State Assembly proposed a bill to eliminate taxing feminine products, but the issue exploded when President Barack Obama was interviewed by popular YouTube vlogger Ingrid Nilsen on the subject.
While many women have been left perplexed by the “tampon tax,” as the following article explains, there’s more to understanding the tax than first meets the eye:
Part of understanding this tax, though, is understanding tax codes in general. Feminine products are not necessarily singled out as luxury items and therefore taxed, but rather included in sales tax on personal health care items. Toilet paper, soap, and incontinence pads are among the taxed as well, which one could argue are also not luxury items.
Click here to read more and watch the Obama interview.