Health and Wellness : eliminate-tampon-tax

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    Two members of the Chicago City Council introduced an ordinance this week to eliminate the city tax on tampons and pads, saying the cost is discriminatory against women and unfairly penalizes them. Feminine hygiene products are currently taxed as luxury items, at 10.25 percent.

    Edward Burke, the chairman of the council’s finance committee, and council member Leslie Hairston want to exempt tampons and pads from city taxes by reclassifying them as medical appliances in the municipal code.

    “This tax only affects women. Is that fair? Especially when sanitary products are medical necessities?” Burke said in a press release. “These are not luxury items, and Chicago needs to lead the way in eliminating this unfair tax.”

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