Gov. DeWine signs law to eliminate sales taxes on feminine hygiene products

The tax on tampons and feminine hygiene products will be eliminated in Ohio after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a law Wednesday to end the tax.

Last month, the Ohio Senate voted 30-1 in favor of the bill that makes a slew of tax changes, including eliminating sales taxes on tampons and sanitary pads.

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State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, a proponent of the tax break, called it a victory for women when it passed.

“Through the passage of this bill, women will see significant savings on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. Ohio’s taxes must be applied evenhandedly to everyone and with the repeal of this tax, women have moved one step closer to being treated more equitably under the law.”

Women are expected to save nearly $4 million a year in sales taxes paid on these products. Fifteen other states exempt feminine products from sales taxes.

Similar efforts to stop taxing tampons have been launched in the Ohio General Assembly since at least June 2015.

A box of 32 tampons costs about $8. Ohio’s sales tax rate is 5.75 percent.