Eliminate Discriminatory Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products

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Target: Jerry Boone, New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance

Goal: Stop the discriminatory taxation of feminine hygiene products in New York.

A discriminatory tax forces women to pay more for their feminine hygiene products than for other medical supplies. This prejudice against women cannot be tolerated. Demand the removal of this unfair tax in New York.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorizes feminine hygiene products as “medical devices.” This should make them exempt to luxury taxation. However, New York women collectively pay an estimated $14 million in taxes on feminine hygiene products every year. Meanwhile, “medical devices” such as Rogaine and Chapstick are exempt from taxation.

Five women have taken action to end this discrimination in New York. They’ve demanded the immediate removal of this unfair tax, even going so far as to file a lawsuit. Sign below and take a stand against this prejudicial tax.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Boone,

Feminine hygiene products are not luxury items. The FDA has categorized them as “medical devices,” meaning that they should be exempt from the luxury tax. We demand the immediate removal of this discriminatory tax.

A four percent tax may not sound like much, but for women in New York that adds up to an estimated $14 million a year, collectively. That is a large expense for something that they cannot control. Meanwhile, items such as Chapstick, Rogaine, and dandruff powder are exempt from luxury taxation.

Feminine hygiene products have many uses, none of which are luxuries. We demand the immediate removal of the “tampon tax” in New York.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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