Colorado ends taxes on tampons, other feminine hygiene products and diaper products

Colorado has now joined the long list of states that are no longer taxing feminine hygiene products to save women money and fight the “stigma” of hygiene products in general.

In June, Gov. Jared signed Polis HB1055 thereby not only eliminating the tax on all feminine hygiene products and adult and child diapers, but also accelerating the effective date of the exemption. The original bill called for the state sales tax exemption to begin sometime in 2023, but the new version begins exemption on August 10, 2022.

“Effective immediately, there will be no state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products in Colorado,” Governor Polis it says in a press release. “This new bipartisan law will finally end sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products permanently and start saving people money on these necessary products.”

The bill covers state sales tax on products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, pads, menstrual cups, sponges and diapers for infants and adult incontinence products. The Gazette claims that the average Colorado woman spends about $180 a year on menstrual products, while diapers often cost about $75 a month per child.

“Too many Coloradans and their families are going without essential personal hygiene products, and this bill eliminates the state sales tax on these essential items and makes them more affordable,” said Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod, co-sponsor of the bill. “Elimination of sales and use taxes on period products, diapers and incontinence products makes these important products more accessible and saves Coloradans money when they need it most.

“Our law also paves the way to destigmatizing hygiene products that millions of people rely on every day,” she added.

According to that Denver PostWomen and families had used makeshift products like grocery bags and toilet paper to avoid having to buy more feminine items and diapers, a manifestation of what some have dubbed “period poverty.”

“This is actually one of the most-demanded bills by my constituents,” said Westminster Senator Faith Winter. “Especially young women in my district see this as a piece of justice and a really important way to reduce stigma.”

That invoice Coloradans are expected to save $9.1 million a year and withhold about $4.3 million in tax revenue from the state.

The Colorado statute does not preclude municipal taxes on feminine fertility and incontinence products, although the cities of Denver and Aurora have already eliminated those taxes.

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Laura Coffey

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