Remove the "Tampon Tax" in Washington State
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Currently in an overwhelming majority of US states, tampons—and other feminine hygiene products—are subject to value-added tax. While sales tax policy varies, these products are typically taxed at the same rate as non-essential goods. This is starkly at odds with the tax exemption status granted to other products considered basic necessities such as food and medicine. Any woman will tell you tampons, sanitary napkins, and other period products are a basic, unavoidable necessities for women. These products should be tax exempt like other basic necessities, and women should not be penalized for a basic biological process. This tax in Canada was removed in mid-2015 and the United Kingdom and Ireland, reduced or eliminated their tax on sanitary products . It's time for Washington State and the United States to catch up with the rest of the developed world.
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