DC Mayor Declares End to Sales Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products

The mayor of the nation's capital says Washington will no longer charge sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

The sales tax exemption went into effect Oct. 1 for items including tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups and comparable products. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a tweet Friday that "feminine hygiene is a necessity, not a luxury."

Consumer retail experts say women often pay more than men for items such as shampoo, razors and other hygiene products. The price hike is called the "pink tax."

Bowser shared a picture that said Washington "understands that feminine hygiene products are basic necessities." This exemption coincides with the start of the city's 2019 fiscal year, which saw the general sales tax increase from 5.75 percent to 6 percent.

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