This bill would eliminate the sales tax normally imposed on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, providing expanded access to these necessary products for the millions of women in California.
AAP Positional Letter
January 14, 2018
The Honorable Gonzalez-Fletcher
Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SUPPORT AB 9 (Garcia): Sales and use taxes: exemption: sanitary napkins: tampons: menstrual sponges and menstrual cups
Dear Assembly Member Gonzalez-Fletcher,
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA) representing 5,000 California pediatricians strongly supports AB 9 (Garcia), a bill that would eliminate the sales tax normally imposed on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. AB 9 would provide expanded access to these necessary products for the millions of women in California.
Women currently pay over $20 million annually in sales taxes for tampons in California alone. These products are a necessity for women while other necessities for both genders are not similarly taxed (e.g., medical equipment and prescriptions), making this a matter of gender equality. Furthermore, the tax on tampons disproportionately affects women with lower incomes, including teens, since it is a higher percentage of their total income.
This legislation would reduce cost barriers to California women and girls in need of affordable access to a basic commodity that is vital for the healthy development of children. California pediatricians support AB 9 and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
cc: Assembly Member C. Garcia
Members and Committee Staff, Assembly Appropriations Committee