Rep. Cera Announces Passage Of Bill To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From State Sales Tax
Says provision will make products more affordable for Ohio women
October 11, 2019
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State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) announced the passage of legislation that exempts the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products from the sales tax.

Known as the “pink tax” exemption, the provision applies to tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. According to a fiscal analysis from the Legislative Service Commission, Ohio women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from purchasing feminine hygiene products.

“Democrats and Republicans worked together to make these necessary feminine hygiene products more affordable,” said Cera. “We have joined several other states that have already provided this exemption because it is medically necessary.”

This “pink tax” exemption was included in Senate Bill 26, legislation that provides an income tax deduction to teachers for out-of-pocket classroom expenses. 

Cera said it was equally important that the legislature not only worked to pass the “pink tax”, but also was able to assist teachers by allowing them up to $250 as an income tax deduction for professional development and classroom supplies.  He noted that teachers are known to pay an average of $600 per year out of their own pocket for supplies to teach their classes.

The legislation passed the Ohio House with unanimous support.

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