Tennessee lawmakers fight 'tampon tax'

Tennessee lawmakers fight 'tampon tax'

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two Tennessee state lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reduce the sales tax on basic necessities--including feminine hygiene products and diapers.

There's a Change.org petition dedicated to ending the so-called tampon tax in Tennessee.

Senator Sara Kyle said the proposed bill would benefit every single Tennessean at every income level.

The bill calls to reduce sales tax from seven percent to five percent. Five percent is the same tax charge for food.

Tennessee is not alone in the fight against such taxes.

Utah is another state currently debating the tax on feminine hygiene products and five other states have already dumped the taxes on these products.

According to many proponents, feminine hygiene products are necessities and not an option. As a result, they should not be taxed.

Those in support of eliminated the tax argue just as food and prescriptions drugs are not taxed in most states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures because they are deemed necessary, feminine hygiene products should also not be taxed for the same reason.

California and Wisconsin have already had similar legislation brought up before their legislatures this year, among a handful of other states, but have not eliminated the tax as of yet. The debate continues in those states.

Pennsylvania and Minnesota have joined Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey in eliminating the tax. Pennsylvania even added eliminating taxes on things such as toilet paper and diapers, stating that those things seemed to be a 'necessity' as well.

The bill will be presented to the Tennessee Legislature on Tuesday, March 8.

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