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New York - Cuomo: No More State Sales Tax On Feminine Hygiene Products In NY

Published on: September 1, 2016 05:14 PM
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New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products sold in New York State took effect today. In July, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (A.7555-A/S.7838) instituting this exemption.

“Eliminating this regressive tax on women was a matter of fairness and I am proud to have signed this legislation to right that wrong,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the law in effect, we have taken one more step toward a more just and more fair New York for all.”

Feminine hygiene products have been taxable since the state sales tax was first instituted in 1965, even as a wide variety of other goods, such as dietary and family planning products, have been exempt.

New York is one of the first states to join the movement to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax, which is expected to save women purchasing tampons, and other similar products, an estimated $10 million a year.


On August 1, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance informed all retailers this exemption would take effect on September 1.

If any New Yorker believes that they have been charged this tax, they should apply for a refund by submitting Form AU-11 and the receipt to the Tax Department.

Retailers with questions about the exemption can contact the Tax Department between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 518-485-1159.

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Read Comments (6)  —  Post Yours »


 Sep 01, 2016 at 07:27 PM quick Says:

now take away tax on food


 Sep 01, 2016 at 10:05 PM Slow news day? Says:

We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here...


 Sep 01, 2016 at 11:39 PM Anonymous Says:

This is a political gimmick to show how pro-women NY is. Good tax policy calls for a broad base with low rates - tax everything just a little. All exemptions do is add complexity and complexity costs businesses money which they pass on to their customers in the form of higher prices so we aren't really saving anything anyway.


 Sep 02, 2016 at 07:02 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #2  
Slow news day? Says:

We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here...

It's actually important news for about 50% of the population.


 Sep 03, 2016 at 10:14 PM RebelSheep Says:

If family planning is exempt, feminine hygiene should be.


 Nov 09, 2017 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Shlomo-1 Says:

It's actually important news for about 50% of the population.

More like 30% because of young girls and older women, but still very important.


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