Know Before You Go:
Pink Tax vs. ‘Tampon Tax’: The Pink Tax refers to the markup that businesses apply to goods that are marketed specifically to women. “Shrink it and pink it” is a phrase often heard when referring to the ways women-specific products have been designed. This protocol often comes with a heftier price tag than gender-neutral or male-specific goods, which for a long time were considered the product-design default. The ‘Tampon Tax‘ is what the media sometimes refers to the discriminatory tax on menstrual products. Two separate issues!
Luxury Tax vs. Tax on Necessary Items: Folks who are working to end the tax on menstrual products in other states and in other nations may talk about these items being subject to a luxury tax, or a tax on a good classified as a “luxury.” Georgia is not one of those states. Our state government, however, has exempted from state sales tax items that are necessary or essential for Georgians, like food groceries and medical devices (including hearing aids, blood glucose test strips and insulin syringes).
HB8 Talking Points for Advocates
- Under current Georgia law, menstrual hygiene products are taxed at the full 4%.
- Menstrual hygiene products should be exempt from the state sales tax, like prescriptions, non-prescription personal medical devices, hearing aids and prosthetics.
- These FDA Class 1 and Class 2 medical devices are unavoidable necessities. They are required for a woman’s physical health.
- There is no male equivalence.
- The average woman has her period for 2,535 days of her life, which means our state conducts a special 7 year tax assessed only on women.
- This is an education and economic issue. Women and girls across the state need these products in order to participate fully in school and work.
- Great financial disparity exists between men and women in this state:
- Georgia women rank 43rd in the nation using 23 key indicators of living standards for women, including economic well being, social well being, and health and safety. (WalletHub, 02/28/19)
- 1 in 5 Georgia women live in poverty – 20% vs 12% of Georgia men. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- 2/3 of minimum wage jobs are held by women (National Women’s Law Center)
- The menstrual hygiene product state tax is discriminatory to women and should be eliminated.