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Push to abolish tax on tampons gaining steam

Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 8:12 PM EST
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A national push to abolish sales tax on tampons is gaining steam. Here's how states rate on the issue:

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States considering legislation to abolish the tampon tax:

-- California (state sales tax is 7.5 percent)

-- Connecticut (state sales tax is 6.35 percent)

-- Illinois (state sales tax is 6.25 percent)

-- Michigan (state sales tax is 6 percent)

-- New York (state sales tax is 4 percent)

-- Virginia (state sales tax is 6 percent)

-- Wisconsin (state sales tax is 5 percent)

A bill failed earlier this session in Utah, where the state sales tax is 4.7 percent.

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States that do not tax tampons and sanitary pads:

-- Maryland

-- Massachusetts

-- Minnesota

-- New Jersey

-- Pennsylvania

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States with no sales tax:

-- Alaska

-- Delaware

-- Montana

-- New Hampshire

-- Oregon

Virginia House Bill 952

aims at removing tampons and sanitary napkins from the list of taxable items in the commonwealth.

The bill was introduced by democratic Delegate Mark Keam in Fairfax County.

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