Louisiana Set to End “Pink Tax”

by TaxJar July 13, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers have voted to end sales tax on feminine hygiene products and diapers starting July 2022. 

With this vote, Louisiana becomes one of only a handful of states that exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax. 

What does this mean for retailers and consumers?

With the passage of House Bill 7, Louisiana lawmakers have exempted both feminine hygiene products and diapers from Louisiana’s 4.45% state sales tax and, in most cases, from local sales tax.

The bill defines feminine hygiene products as: “tampons, menstrual pads, sanitary napkins, panty liners, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups, including disposable and washable versions of these items.” The exemption also includes diapers for both children and adults. 

House Bill 7 goes into effect on July 1, 2022.

What is the Pink Tax? 

So, what’s the big deal about this sales tax exemption? Encouraging states and local areas to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax is part of a larger movement to end the “pink tax.”

Many states provide a sales tax exemption for necessities, such as medication. However, most states don’t include products like tampons or menstrual cups in the exemption, even though people who deal with a menstrual cycle would beg to differ about the necessity of these items. In other words, while items like medication are considered necessities and not taxed, feminine hygiene products are seen as and taxed as luxuries. 

You can read more about the Pink Tax and how it applies to sales tax here.

Louisiana’s move to end the “pink tax” in their state makes it the latest in a handful of states to abolish the sales tax on feminine hygiene products and take part in ending the “pink tax.” 

Does TaxJar handle “pink tax” sales tax exemptions?

TaxJar sure does. If you sell diapers or feminine hygiene products, TaxJar has your back. Just code your applicable products with the appropriate Product Tax Code and we’ll ensure that you collect (or don’t collect) the right amount of sales tax from your customers in each state, county, parish, city or special taxing district.

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