Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Law.com, Tampon Tax Sparks Law Student Protests:
Law students across the country are taking on the so-called tampon tax on Nov. 20.
Aspiring attorneys from two dozen law schools in states that tax menstrual products plan to purchase those items and send in tax refund claims to their respective state taxation agencies as both a form of protest and a bid to raise awareness about what they view as the unfairness of such taxes.
Wednesday’s coordinated efforts are spearheaded by the Tax Free. Period project, a collaboration between the nonprofit advocacy group Period Equity and menstrual products maker Lola. Fordham University School of Law’s Legislative and Policy Advocacy Clinic took the lead in organizing law student participation in the action, which also includes writing to state lawmakers and state departments of revenue about the unconstitutional nature of tampon taxes.
Currently, 33 states have a tampon tax on the books, including Texas, Georgia and California, although the Golden State has adopted a temporary reprieve from collecting taxes on menstrual products. ...
Period Equity co-founder Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and University of California Berkeley School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times last summer arguing that there is wide public support for the elimination of tampon taxes, which are by nature unconstitutional.