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No more 'tampon tax' in IL means price decline on feminine products

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ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Starting January 1, the so-called "tampon tax" in Illinois will be a thing of the past.

When the clock strikes 12:01 on Sunday, tampons will officially be placed in the same category as necessities, like shampoo.

Gov. Rauner signed a law earlier in the year eliminating sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed at a rate of 6.25 percent because they are considered "luxury items".

The new law will change that though, meaning you will see a price decline the next time you go to purchase the items.

Illinois was the the third state to abolish the tax this year, along with New York and Connecticut.

However, if you try to buy them in Missouri or Kentucky, you will still be taxed.

The original bill in Illinois included an exemption for all incontinence products, but it was revised to only apply to menstrual pads, cups and tampons.

Moving forward, lawmakers like Melinda Bush, who sponsored the bill, hope to go even further to remove what she calls the unfair tax burden on women, in a time when they still earn less on average than a man.

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