Washington, D.C., is no longer charging sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
The law went into effect Monday and will exempt the products from the city's 6 percent sales tax, which was increased from 5.75 percent this week.
The new law for feminine hygiene products puts D.C. in line with neighboring Maryland, which considers tampons, sanitary napkins and adult diapers to be medical supplies that are exempt from sales tax.
Effective today, no sales tax will be charged on feminine hygiene products.https://t.co/Mcf3WZtEuu
— Council of DC (@councilofdc) October 1, 2018
The measure was passed by the D.C. Council in 2016 and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that same year, but it wasn't implemented until now because Bowser failed to fund the provision in her budget until fiscal 2019, which began Monday.
A related provision that would have exempted diapers from sales tax was not included in the 2019 budget, according to DCist.
D.C. increased taxes on liquor and cigarettes as of Monday.