By: Sami Sharfin
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 5267 on November 4, repealing the tax on tampons. The bill describes menstrual products as “tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins and other similar” essential items.
How much is the tax on tampons in Michigan?
HB 5267 is just one of two bills that will exempt tampons from the 6% sales and use tax in Michigan.
The second piece of legislation, Senate Bill 153, was signed by Whitmer the following day on November 5.
Senator Winnie Brinks has advocated for and sponsored Senate Bill 153 since her time in the State House. Brinks stated that “these bills will move Michigan toward a fairer tax structure,” as menstruators will save up to $4,800 from paying taxes on such essential products over their lifetime.
How soon will the Michigan tampon tax be repealed?
Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle have agreed that the tax on tampons must come to an end statewide, as both bills passed with bipartisan support. HB 5267 and SB 153 will go into effect in early February.
"After years of trying to repeal this tax, I am proud that we are bringing people together to put Michiganders first and drive down costs on these essential products,” Governor Whitmer said. “Everyone should be able to take care of their most basic healthcare needs without an unnecessary added financial burden.”
How many states have banned the tampon tax?
Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have eliminated the sales tax on tampons. These states include Ohio (YAY!), Oregon, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Florida and Minnesota.
How does Aunt Flow fit in with this legislation?
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Sami Sharfin is a freelance writer, content creator and current senior at Indiana University-Bloomington.