VAT no longer applies to women’s sanitary products from today as the controversial ‘tampon tax’ is abolished.
In a HM Treasury statement on the UK Government website, the move was “made possible by the end of the transition period and freedom from EU law mandating VAT on sanitary products.”
As a member state of the European Union, the United Kingdom was previously bound by the EU VAT Directive which mandated a minimum 5% tax on all sanitary products.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in a statement: “I’m proud that we are today delivering on our promise to scrap the tampon tax. Sanitary products are essential so it’s right that we do not charge VAT.
“We have already rolled out free sanitary products in schools, colleges and hospitals and this commitment takes us another step closer to making them available and affordable for all women.”
Felicia Willow, chief executive of women’s rights charity the Fawcett Society added: “It’s been a long road to reach this point, but at last the sexist tax that saw sanitary products classed as non-essential, luxury items can be consigned to the history books.”