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Two New Sales Tax Exemptions In California For Two Years

Annette Nellen - Pink Tax

California SB 92 (Chapter 34, 6/27/19) adds two new sales tax exemptions starting 1/1/20 and ending 12/31/21:

  1. “diapers designed, manufactured, processed, fabricated, or packaged for use by infants, toddlers, and children” [R&T 6363.9]
  2. “menstrual hygiene products” shall only include the following:(1) Tampons. (2) Sanitary napkins primarily designed and labeled for menstrual hygiene use. (3) Menstrual sponges. (4) Menstrual cups.” [R&T 6363.10]

For these new temporary sales tax exemptions, the legislature applies R&T §41 dealing with accountability. Thus, the legislature had to specify the purpose of the exemptions and require a report from the LAO on the effectiveness of these provisions including whether they should be modified, extended, or allowed to expire. For the diaper exemption, the LAO is also to assess “whether more targeted approaches to providing families in need with adequate access to diapers are available.” For the menstrual products, the LAO is also to assess “whether more targeted approaches to providing individuals in need with adequate access to menstrual hygiene products are available.” The specified goals of these exemptions:

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