Illinois – Chicago Ends Sales Tax on Tampons and Sanitary Napkins

SALT Report 3783 – The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.

The vote on March 16, 2016 followed a recommendation that was made without opposition by the City Council’s finance committee last week. The items are taxed 10.25 percent in Chicago. The vote will remove Chicago’s portion of that tax, or 1.25 percent. Supporters say the measure corrects an unfairness to women.

Tampons and sanitary napkins are now characterized as medical necessities to be exempted.

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