Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs bill ending “tampon tax”

BREAKING NEWS: Your period isn’t a luxury! At least it isn’t in Florida… starting next year.

In case you didn’t know, feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads and menstrual cups) in Florida have been subject to state sales tax. However, other medical products and items deemed necessities are tax-exempt. The criticism of this “tampon tax” is that it creates a double standard between all “necessities” and those specific to women.

But, thanks to a bill approved by Gov. Rick Scott on May 26th, taxes on said products will be eliminated starting January 2018.

Florida is among 13 states, including Maryland, Alaska, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire to make feminine hygiene products tax-exempt.

This comes as a victory for the nearly 10 million women in the state as well as those who have been protesting around the country for over a year. “Floridians are expected to save an estimated $11 million a year with the elimination of the tax on feminine hygiene products,” reports the Associated Press.

Just think, now all that money can go towards new underwear and some of that boujee chocolate – or you can just save it for what is still a pretty pricey part of life.

Featured image by Alexis Paige

 

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