Good news out of Chicago. Tampons and pads are now characterized as medical necessities and are exempt from sales tax.
The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday and the measure passed unanimously.
Via Associated Press:
Wednesday’s vote followed a recommendation that was made without opposition by the City Council’s finance committee last week. The items are taxed 10.25 percent in Chicago. The vote will remove Chicago’s portion of that tax, or 1.25 percent. Supporters say the measure corrects an unfairness to women.
So, while people won’t have to pay that 1.25 percent, there’s still the 8 percent, but there are currently efforts in progress to bring the exemption to a statewide level.
Read more about the tampon tax and the movement to end it here.