Ohio bill to remove taxes from tampons, feminine products passes through House

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Feminine hygiene products could soon be tax-free in Ohio.

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that includes a sales tax exemption for tampons and other products for females sold in the state.

The “tampon tax” removal was originally introduced in February 2018 as its own bill.

The language for the exemption was later included in a larger tax bill, House Bill 545, which passed Wednesday.

“Eliminating the tampon tax will put more money into the pockets of women, in turn strengthening the families they support and nurture,” said Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “I am thankful we were able to come together to even the playing field for women, girls and families on medically necessary products. No one should face extra economic challenges simply because of their gender.”

Kelly was a co-sponsor of the original legislation.

“I support all tax cuts that will help Ohio’s citizens put more money back in their pocket. This is a commonsense tax cut that should have been enacted long ago. It will help the women of Ohio keep more of their hard-earned money. The law as it currently stands discriminated against women, and I am proud to have voted for this bill that repeals this discrimination,” said Rep. Raj Antani (R-Miamisburg), who also co-sponsored the original bill.

According to a fiscal analysis from the Legislative Service Commission, Ohio women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from purchasing medically necessary feminine hygiene products.

If the bill is signed into law, Ohio would join 15 other states in exempting feminine products from the sales tax.

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