#EndDiaperTax & Help All Babies!
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Let’s agree on this: diapers are a basic need, as essential to a baby’s well-being as food, shelter, and love.
So why do 38 U.S. states impose sales tax on the purchase of disposable baby diapers?
Most state legislatures don't burden families with sales tax on food or medicine … because why? They are basic needs!
So, it's time that all states exempt diapers from sales tax.
If you’re the one changing diapers, you know babies poop & pee, like nonstop! In fact, infants and toddlers wear, on minimum, an average of 50 diapers per week. That’s $70 - $80 per month just for diapers!
So, ending a state’s sales tax on diapers could allow parents to keep more dollars in their household budgets and buy 100s of diapers more annually.
That’s a big deal, particularly for struggling, low-wage families living paycheck to paycheck, and who sometimes can’t afford enough diapers to keep their baby clean, dry and healthy (an issue known as #DiaperNeed, which impacts 1 in 3 U.S. families). Saving small amounts of money allows parents to better care for their families.
Already in 2017, legislators in 8 states -- Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah -- have stepped up and introduced bills to make diapers tax-free.
These bills need public support to pass!
Currently, only seven U.S. states and the District of Columbia specifically exempt diapers from state sales tax. Connecticut joins the list in 2018, after approving legislation last year. (Five states do not impose sales tax).
Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and help us let the 38 state legislatures that profit from the sale of this basic need know it’s time for a change! We demand the introduction and passage of legislation to end state sales tax on diapers.
Join the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and our national movement to #EndDiaperTax! Sign today!
Need more convincing?
Without an adequate supply of diapers, babies are at increased risk of severe diaper dermatitis, skin breakdown, and infection. Plus, researchers at Yale School of Medicine discovered a strong correlation between a mother’s inability to provide clean diapers for her baby and an increase in maternal depression.
Then there’s this! A lack of diapers can impact a parent’s earning capacity. Without a daily supply of clean diapers, a mom cannot leave her baby in high-quality child care, which creates a barrier to holding down a job or going to school, and achieving financial independence.
So what are you waiting for! Sign the petition and help #EndDiaperTax.
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