Story at a glance
- Louisiana’s state legislature exempts women and families from paying the 4.45 percent sales tax on hygienic products.
- The tax break begins in July 2022.
- Women have long paid more for standard goods, a phenomenon referred to as the “Pink Tax.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a bill into law on Monday that guarantees Louisiana women and families do not have to pay sales tax on diapers, tampons and other feminine hygiene products.
The Associated Press reports that this comes with the condition that residents will have to wait for the tax break, set to commence in July 2022. Lawmakers are aiming to make up for an estimated $11 million in lost revenue, with some of that due to a dwindling state population.
The bill, named House Bill 7, was sponsored by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D). It passed in the Senate with a 33-1 vote in favor of the tax break, while House representatives backed the legislation in a 63-36 vote.
It will exempt diapers for children, as well as adults. Feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, will also be exempt from the 4.45 percent state sales tax, along with any local taxes as well.
Women and families reportedly purchase roughly $249 million of hygienic products annually.
This legislation addresses the premium prices women tend to pay for standard hygiene products compared to the male-oriented equivalents. Some economists and researchers call this the “Pink Tax,” and it usually applies across all goods retailed and marketed to women.