8News Daily Poll: Should more states do away with ‘tampon tax’?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The District of Columbia could join the states that have eliminated the so-called “tampon tax.”

The D.C. Council will listen to testimony on Wednesday on a bill that would exempt tampons, child and adult diapers and similar products from sales taxes.

Council member Anita Bonds says in a statement that sales taxes on such products essentially force people to pay taxes “because of their disability or gender.”

Bonds, a Democrat, introduced the bill, and six other members of the 13-member council signed on as co-introducers.

Five states have eliminated taxes on tampons, and several others have gotten rid of taxes on diapers.

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Items that are already exempt from taxes in the District include pacemakers, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and prescription drugs, including erectile-dysfunction drugs.

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