Mad about the tampon tax? Try a subscription box
Despite surges of activism around the issue, the tampon tax is alive and well.
The sales tax on sanitary products—a tax that isn’t applied to many kinds of condoms or any products that mostly men use—was upheld in Australia this week. In the United States, sales tax is still applied to feminine hygiene products in all but seven states.
While Australia’s decision disappointed activists, there is one group that can make the best of it: period subscription services.
Some subscription services, where you sign up and get organic tampons and maybe chocolate delivered to your door every month, are marketing themselves as a way to ensure your unfair tax dollars are used for good.
“It’s about equity and access—there’s no other tax that’s this gender biased,” CEO Meika Hollender said in a statement at the time. “To tax these items and not acknowledge or exempt them as essential products is another example of gender inequality playing out in policy.”
Ordering any subscription box, though, doesn’t guarantee you’ll be exempt from taxes. Sales tax is usually based on your shipping address. If you live in a state like Illinois that already got rid of its tax on feminine hygiene products, you’re all set. But then you could just buy tampons at the drugstore anyway.
Even if period box brands are coming up with clever ways to make up for the sex-based taxes they’re subject to, they’re still on the right side of the anti-tampon tax movement.
Lola, one of the best known tampon subscription services, has advocated for the end of the tampon tax, too.
Anyway, get tampons delivered to your door every month—and see if an ethical tampon company will make up for your state’s biased taxes.