Illinois Becomes Latest State To Eliminate 'Tampon Tax'

Law360, New York (August 22, 2016, 11:02 PM EDT) -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a "tampon tax" elimination bill, making Illinois the third state in the U.S. to pass into law legislation repealing the "luxury item" classification of feminine hygiene products.

These hygiene products, a category that also includes menstrual pads and cups, are currently taxed at 6.25 percent. But when the law takes effect on Jan. 1, the period necessities will be classified in the same non-luxury category as shampoo and other hygiene products, which are only taxed at a rate of 1 percent.

Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, sponsored the legislation — one of 15 such proposed...

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