Chicago residents woke up to some major news this morning, when city legislators announced that they would be getting rid of the city’s sales tax on tampons and pads.
While it only gets rid of the 1.25% tax that would have contributed to city finances (Illinois’s state sales tax, 10%, still remains), it’s a step in a direction that many cities and states have been moving toward. Illinois legislators are working on doing the same for the state sales tax, in hopes that it would be exempt as a medical necessity.
Back in January, two California assemblywomen introduced measures to avoid taxation on the same products, stating that women didn’t have the choice to simply ignore menstrual cycles. Five women filed a lawsuit against the state of New York on March 3rd, claiming that the supplies should be filed as medical necessities rather than general merchandise. Removing the tax would cause states millions in tax revenue, but those in favor of getting rid of the “tampon tax” say that it would make what gets taxed more consistent.