Rachel Sanoff
September 02, 2016 4:06 pm
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Remember when we celebrated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signing the bill that eliminated the tampon tax in New York? We’ve had a lot to celebrate lately, as more and more states begin advocating for laws removing the economically unjust tax — which would collectively save menstruating women MILLIONS of dollars annually.

Today is September 1st — the day that New York’s bill eliminating the tampon tax is supposed to go into effect.

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of the Brennan Center for Justice encouraged women to #TweetTheReceipt on September 1st to celebrate the historic day. And as you can see, for some consumers, the law has gone into effect, and that is fantastic.

But why is that not the case at all establishments in the state where tampons and menstrual hygiene products are sold?

But why is that not the case at all establishments in the state where tampons and menstrual hygiene products are sold?

New York women deserve answers.

#TweetTheReceipt is revealing that so many women are still paying the tampon tax. What good is a law if the government won’t implement it?

WTF, indeed.

As reported by Mic, a press release from Gov. Cuomo’s office claimed they had informed all businesses about the new feminine hygiene tax exemption. In a separate email to Mic, Cuomo’s senior deputy communications director said, “I’m told Tax and Finance has gotten a few scattered reports regarding some retailers who have not yet updated their systems and they are following up with them to ensure compliance with the law.”

A press release also stated that all consumers who have been unfairly taxed today can submit a form to receive a tax refund, as long as they include an image of the receipt. So thank goodness that women had been encouraged to snap photos of their receipts, allowing them to catch this bureaucratic failure.

Let’s hope that all menstruating people in New York will soon know this feeling:

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