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New California law temporarily bans diaper, tampon sales tax

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 19:28:04-05

(KGTV) — As of Jan. 1, 2020, Californians won't have to pay sales tax on diapers or menstrual products for two years.

The temporary ban is thanks to Senate Bull 92, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last June as part of his state budget.

The bill, authored by Assemblywomen Loran Gonzalez of San Diego and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens, bans sales and use tax on diapers for infants, toddlers, and children, and also on menstrual hygiene products like tampons, menstrual cups and sponges, and sanitary napkins.

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SB92 will expire on Jan. 1, 2022.

“I’m so proud of the work we have done here in California to really tackle diaper need,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said in June. “By passing a budget that expands our statewide diaper bank program and by repealing the sales tax on diapers, which we hope to eventually make permanent, we are setting an example for the rest of the nation of how to make a real impact in the lives of working parents.”

Anyone who believes they've been wrongfully taxed since Jan. 1 can request a refund by bringing their receipt to the retailer and a copy of the notice from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration — found here. Anyone with questions can also reach out to the state DTFA at 1-800-400-7115.