Pink Tax

Pink Tax Summary

The general term “pink tax” is used to explain the phenomenon that federal and state tax is often higher for products for women than similar products are for men. For the details, see this 2015 study from Cradle to Crane that found women pay about 7% more for some 800 products than men pay for similar products.

We’re not just talking about tampons here, though “pink tax” conversations often roll into a conversation about supplying tampons and pads in restrooms in the same manner that toilet paper is supplied. The concepts are different, but related.

A May 2019 OnePoll survey found that 67% of women think a tax on period products is sexist.

Thirty-five states still tax period products, but five states have been successful dropping the tax: New York, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois and Nevada. Thirty-two states have introduced measures, including Missouri.

This article from KCTV-5 does a nice job of explaining Pink Tax issues.


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Pink Tax in Missouri

See our page devoted to information about Missouri’s Pink Tax.



Pink Tax In The News

22 States Considered Eliminating the “Tampon Tax” this Year. Here’s What Happened.
July12, 2019 — New York Times

Pink tax: Why do women pay more for goods and services?
Feb. 18, 2019 — KCTV, Kansas City
This is a good report by Emily Sinovic — lots of details, worth a read/watch!

What women need to be aware of when it comes to the pink tax
Jan. 31, 2019 — KSHB, Kansas City

Nevada becomes the 10th state to eliminate a ‘pink tax‘ on menstrual products
Nov. 7, 2019 — CNN

It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political
July 22, 2018 — New York Times

More States Move To End ‘Tampon Tax’ That’s Seen As Discriminating Against Women
March 25, 2018 — NPR

Here’s How Much A Woman’s Period Will Cost Her Over A Lifetime
May 18, 2015 — Huffington Post