Question 2 would prohibit charging sales taxes on feminine hygiene products

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Six statewide questions are on the November ballot this year, and as your Local Election Headquarters, 8 News Now is breaking down what you will be voting into law.

Question 2 is commonly known as the “Pink Tax” or “Tampon Tax” repeal.  Question 2 would prohibit charging sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

Women who buy feminine hygiene products in Clark County have to pay a sales tax of 8.25 percent. That’s second only to Washoe County. 

Under the proposed law, hygiene products would be defined as sanitary napkins and tampons.

Lawmakers almost unanimously passed Senate Bill 415 in the 2017 session.  Governor Brian Sandoval signed it sending the proposed law to voters.

Right now, nine states that have a sales tax, mostly in New England, do not charge that tax on feminine products, so Nevada would be the first western state to adopt a measure like this.

Supports of the measure say biological necessities should not be taxed because other necessities like prescription medications and most groceries are exempt from sales taxes because the state deems them as necessities.

The state estimates a loss of roughly 5-7 million dollars in annual tax revenue., which is the argument made against the measure. On the high end, that’s just under two-tenths of one percent of the state’s annual budget.

Clark County would lose up to another estimated $1 million from its portion of the sales tax.

Opponents say the tax system does not discriminate based on sex, therefore it is not necessary to carve out those products from Nevada’s sales and use taxes.

If voters pass the law in November, it will take effect on Jan. 1st, 2019.

*Updated 10/5/18 to include revenue estimates*

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