Feminine hygiene products will be subject to lower sales taxes in Virginia next year.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed into law S.B. 1715, a bill that adds such products to the lower 1.5 percent tax rate imposed on food starting in 2020. They previously were subject to the 4.3 percent general sales tax rate.

  • The bill, signed March 18, defines “essential personal hygiene products” as “nondurable incontinence products such as diapers, disposable undergarments, pads, and bed sheets; and menstrual cups and pads, pantyliners, sanitary napkins, tampons, and other products used to absorb or contain menstrual flow.”
  • The state Department of Taxation also levies and distributes to localities a 1 percent mandatory local sales tax. Other special geographically based local taxes also have been authorized. Neither food nor feminine hygiene products will be subject to the special local taxes.
  • Virginia is estimated to lose about $1.86 million in revenue during the fiscal year that begins July 1 and $4.61 million during the next year under the change.