There will be no more sales tax on feminine hygiene products for women in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will exempt those products from local and state taxes.
“This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend Assembly Woman Rosenthal and Senator Serino on their strong advocacy and for hard work in passing this important legislation.”
Feminine hygiene products have been taxable since the state sales tax was first instituted in 1965, even as a wide variety of other goods, such as dietary and family planning products, have been exempt.
New York is one of the first states to join the movement to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax, which is expected to save women purchasing tampons, and other similar products, an estimated $10 million a year.