UK abolishes ‘tampon tax’ on menstrual products – world news

The UK abolished the 5{74ca91e3bee52d91843c282edd75c0800a88a3d8744a3a1c83b7ba867058fc3c} value-added tax (VAT) on menstrual products known as tampons. This means that starting January 1st, periodic products will no longer be charged VAT.

“(The) Tampon Tax Abolition-Starting today (January 1, 2021), VAT no longer applies to feminine hygiene products. (This) is part of a wide range of government actions to combat period poverty, including distributing free hygiene products in schools, universities and hospitals. This is made possible by the freedom of EU legislation that mandates VAT on hygiene products at the end of the transition period,” the UK government said in a statement.

The statement also said the move respects the government’s commitment to scrap taxes and is part of a broader strategy to make hygiene products affordable and accessible to all women.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Today we are proud to fulfill our promise to abolish the tampon tax. Hygiene products are a must, so it makes sense not to charge VAT.”

“We have already launched free hygiene products in schools, colleges and hospitals, and with this effort we are taking a step closer to making them available and affordable to all women.”

The Superintendent has announced in the March 2020 budget that the tampon tax will be abolished from January 1, 2021. With the transition period ending on December 31st, the UK is no longer bound by the EU VAT Directive, which imposes a minimum tax of 5{74ca91e3bee52d91843c282edd75c0800a88a3d8744a3a1c83b7ba867058fc3c} on all hygiene products.

According to CNN, Campaigners have been calling for an end to taxes marked “sexist” and “old fashioned” for years.

“It was a long journey to get to this point,” said Felicia Willow, CEO of the Fawcett Society, the oldest in the UK. Charity campaign for women’s rights and gender equality.

Scotland became the first country in the world to have free, universal access to menstrual products, including tampons and pads, in public facilities in November 2020.

Only a handful of countries worldwide, including Canada, India, Australia, Kenya, and several states in the United States, do not add taxes to hygiene products.

Germany also decided to lower the tax rate as feminine hygiene products were considered a daily necessity rather than a luxury.