UK abolishes tax on menstrual products

The UK has officially removed the five per cent value-added tax (VAT) on menstrual products, known as the tampon tax. This means that from January 1, period products will no longer be subject to VAT.

The UK government said it was able to do this because it is no longer apart of the EU. EU law mandates VAT on sanitary products. “I’m proud that we are today delivering on our promise to scrap the tampon tax,” UK finance minister Rishi Sunak said.

“Sanitary products are essential so it’s right that we do not charge VAT,” he added.

Other countries that have removed tax on sanitary products are; Canada, India, Australia, Kenya, and several US states.

In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to allow free and universal access to menstrual products, including tampons and pads, in public facilities.