A new California law that went into effect at the start of 2020 means you'll no longer have to pay tax on menstrual products and diapers at least not for the next two years.
Beginning January 1, 2020 and through December 31, 2021, the sale and use of diapers and menstrual hygiene products are exempt from tax.
Accordingly, retailers of these items should not charge or collect sales or use tax on these items during this period.
Senate Bill 92 (Stats. 2019, ch. 34), signed into law on June 27, 2019, provides the exemption for the below products:
• Diapers means diapers that are designed, manufactured, processed, fabricated, or packaged for use by infants, toddlers, and children.
• Menstrual Hygiene Products means tampons, sanitary napkins primarily designed and labeled for menstrual hygiene use, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups.
If you are a retailer who sells diapers and/or menstrual hygiene products, you should continue to include your sales of these items in your reported total gross sales on your sales and use tax return. However, you will claim the deduction for these sales on your return
as “diapers” and/or “menstrual hygiene products” on and after January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
For more information
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