Diapers and Tampons Get to Dump the Sales Tax in this Colorado City
This story seems like it should begin with "it's about damn time". Why are we taxed on necessary items like diapers and tampons? These items are necessary. No way around it. There is a movement to update these tax systems, but it's been slow to take place.
Colorado is still one of the states that tax menstrual products and diapers, but one Colorado city recently took a stand and made a change. Aurora is the first city in Colorado to exempt both menstrual products and diapers from sales tax collection.
Last year Aurora City Council successfully sponsored a city tax exemption on sales of menstrual products. Now, they passed an ordinance that eliminates the 3.75% sales tax, including both infant diapers and adult incontinence products. This takes effect on June 1, 2022.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, there are 12 U.S. states that currently do not tax diapers, Colorado is not one of them. They also explain that "keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential. But one in three families struggles to provide clean diapers for their baby."
Out of 50, only 23 states have adopted a no tampon tax policy. The new ordinance in Aurora defines menstrual care products as "tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar tangible personal property designed for hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle."
Thanks for being thoughtful and paying attention Aurora!