Women sue to block New York’s ‘Tampon Tax’

Five women have filed a lawsuit to try to block New York’ state’s so-called  tampon tax.

They want the state tax department to stop imposing a four percent luxury tax on feminine hygiene products.

The department classifies pads and tampons as general merchandise, making them ineligible for a medical supplies tax exemption.

The complaint says the department taxes products used by women only, but not items used by both genders.

The women also say tampons and sanitary pads serve medical purposes and are necessary for women’s health.

New York women reportedly pay $14 million in taxes on feminine hygiene products each year.

New York’s tax commissioner declined comment on the lawsuit.

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