House Committee Hears Arguments On Tampon Tax Elimination

WWJ News
October 03, 2019 - 8:40 am

LANSING (WWJ) - Michigan could be one step closer to eliminating the so-called "tampon tax."

The Tax Policy Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday took testimony on legislation that would exempt feminine hygiene products from the sales and use tax in Michigan.

The bills were introduced earlier this year by State Reps. Brian K. Elder, a Bay City Democrat, and Tenisha Yancey, a Democrat from Harper Woods.

"This is an extra tax paid by every household with women who buy these products, so I'm optimistic that we are now one step closer to ensuring greater equity within our state," Elder said in a statement.

Currently, tampons, sanitary napkins and similar feminine hygiene products are subject to Michigan's six percent sales and use taxes. House Bills 4165 and 4166 would exempt these products from the taxes and hold the School Aid Fund harmless from any loss of revenue.

"The bottom line is that feminine hygiene products are necessities, not luxuries, but our current policies don’t reflect this fact. Michigan already exempts other necessities like food, medicine, certain medical equipment and even magazines from the sales tax, and feminine hygiene products are just as deserving," said Elder.

Ten states exempt tampons and sanitary napkins from sales tax, including New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida and Nevada.

It's estimated that over the course of a lifetime, women use nearly 17,000 tampons and sanitary napkins.