Weekly Round-Up: Tackling the “Tampon Tax”


In this week’s issue of the Bloomberg BNA Weekly State Tax Report, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law discusses sales taxation of menstrual products. She provides an overview of the movement for menstrual equality, an analysis of the recent legislation to eliminate sales tax on menstrual products, and a discussion of what’s next. Included is a chart highlighting “Tampon Tax” rates across the nation.

This week’s issue also includes a Q&A with Lloyd J. Looram of The Looram Consulting Group, Inc. In his conversation with Bloomberg BNA, Looram discusses the Multistate Tax Commission’s recent litigation of the Multistate Tax Compact, including California’s Gillette case.

Other highlights from the 4/8/16 issue of the Weekly State Tax Report:

  • Panama Papers Prompts Investigations by Nevada, Wyoming
  • State Revenue Agencies Object to Third Party Audits
  • Taxpayers Get Extra Time to File Due to Emancipation Day
  • Amazon Affiliate Program Ends With Louisiana Sales Tax Law

Some notable developments from the State Tax Developments Tracker–Bloomberg BNA’s tool for monitoring important developments in all the states:

  • California Legislature Amends Law Allowing Suspension of the Incremental Minimum Wage Increases Under Certain Economic Conditions
  • Colorado Department of Revenue Proposes Amendments to Rules Regarding Retail Marijuana Excise Tax, Licenses, and Returns
  • Missouri Supreme Court Denies Refund Finding Use of Taxpayer's Products Does Not Qualify for the Manufacturing Exemption
  • Washington Department of Revenue, Appeals Division Conditionally Grants Petition Finding Taxpayer Has No Liability Other Than Affiliate Agent

For more information about this and other state tax issues, sign up for a free trial of the Bloomberg BNA Premier State Tax Library.

In other developments…  

Michigan: Court of Appeals Rules on “Indirect” Control for MBT Unitary Purposes, by Deloitte Tax LLP

Streamlined Sales Tax Update, by KPMG

Compiled by Melissa Fernley