Many states across the U.S. host a “sales tax holiday”, usually once a year, and it exempts purchases of items such as clothing, computers, art supplies, school supplies, etc.
Tennessee hosts a 3-day summer weekend exempted purchases of clothing that is $100 or less per item, computers that are $1,500 or less, and school supplies that are $100 or less per item. However, when it was proposed for the 3-day tax-free summer weekend to include feminine hygiene products, lawmakers said that they’re concerned about the lack of a limit on those purchases. Yes, you read that right.
Rep. London Lamar, who is a woman, introduced bill H.B. 1921, and the companion bill, S.B. 1724, was introduced by Sen. Sara Kyle.
The bill’s fiscal note says that women in Tennessee spend about $120 per year on feminine hygiene products, and at a 7 percent sales tax, that works out to $8.40 tax per year. Well, as it turns out, some lawmakers believe that this might send the 1,820,292 women in Tennessee aged from 15 to 55 on a “tampon-buying spree”.
One of the most concerned senators, Dr. Joey Hensley, said that he thinks that since it’s a sales tax holiday, there’s no limit on the number of items one can purchase, so he doesn’t know how one would limit the number of items someone could purchase.
What’s interesting is that Dr. Hensley doesn’t share the same concern when it comes to the other items on the list of tax-exempt items during the sales tax holiday, like clothes and computers.