Germany won't tax tampons as 'luxury' anymore

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 4:57pm


Germany cut back its “tampon tax” this week, with lawmakers repealing a 19% tax imposed on tampons, pads and menstrual cups, which until now were classed as “luxury” items. Campaigners in Germany had for years petitioned to change the law, arguing that the value added tax (VAT) posed an unfair burden on women who biologically can’t help but get their periods. In contrast, cut flowers and pet goldfish are subject to a 7% tax in Germany because the law considers them essential for everyday life. Host Marco Werman speaks with Nanna-Josephine Roloff, one of the activists behind this push.