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As of June 5, 2022, twenty-nine states currently charge sales tax on diapers. This diaper tax can be as low as 4% or as high as 7% in Mississippi and Tennessee. In many states, cities and counties can add additional tax. Children require at least 50 diaper changes per week or 200 diaper changes per month. By reducing the sales tax, families can buy 2 additional diapers for every percentage point reduction in the sales tax for the same money they would have used to buy 200 diapers with tax.
New York exempted diapers from state sales tax April 1, 2006. In July 2022, New York exempted diapers from local taxes too. In 2022, the legislature, through Senate Bill 8033, decided to work to exempt diapers from local sales tax to ensure families are paying no taxes on diapers in New York and that bill was signed on July 19, 2022, making diapers exempt from all sales taxes effective.
Florida passed a bill to create a one year sales tax holiday for diapers and other basic necessities. The bill went into effect July 1, 2022, and the sale tax will be reinstated on June 30, 2023.
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