Tampon Tax – A taxing period
Laura Coryton, a 21-year-old student, is so fed up fed up with the ‘Tampon Tax’ – the Government’s tax on sanitary protection – that she’s set up an online petition urging the chancellor George Osbourne to abolish tax on tampons and sanitary towels.
The petition, which you can sign here, has already gathered a great deal of momentum with over 133,000 signatures.
The Government adds 20% of tax to most things but allows less tax on essential items. In the case of sanitary protection, it was lowered a few years back to 5%. Considering that most women will use approximately 11,000 tampons or pads during their lifetime, it means we’ll still be paying a fairly substantial amount of tax on a product that is essential.
As Laura says, “They are essential because without them, those who menstruate would have no way of perusing a normal, flexible, public or private life and would be at risk of jeopardising their health.”
While it already seems unfair that we’re taxed for having a period, it seems even more ridiculous when you see exactly what products are exempt from tax.
These include imported exotic meats such as crocodile and kangaroo, lottery tickets, Jaffa Cakes, bingo, incontinence products and chickpeas. Even men’s razors became exempt from tax in 2001. None of which seem to be essential items, unless of course you’re a beard-phobic with a bingo and Jaffa Cake addiction…
So what do you think? Should sanitary products be tax-free? Or is the reduced rate we’re already paying good enough? Let us know your thoughts below and don’t forget to sign Laura’s petition.