Wisconsin legislator aims to get rid of state's 'tampon tax'. (MilwConnaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/25/2017)
With every female in the state affected at some time in their lives — roughly for four decades — the costs add up. U.S. sales of feminine hygiene products are estimated at more than $3 billion this year. The Wisconsin Fiscal Bureau pegs the amount of sales taxes collected in the state on those items at $2.7 million annually.
Sales taxes are collected on many things in Wisconsin, but items deemed necessary such as most groceries, medicine and home heating oil are exempt. That's why prescription medicines, such as Viagra, are not taxed. Neither are birth control pills or cholesterol medicine.
The following states exempt menstrual products from sales taxes.
- New Jersey
- New York