After around a year of tireless efforts and concentrated female power, the first successes are now showing. The Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz is taking on the matter of lowering the VAT rate for women’s hygiene products as of January 1st, 2020.
It has been almost a year since the petition “Period is not a luxury” was launched. The petition sought to draw attention to the subject of VAT on hygiene articles and to lower them for products such as tampons and sanitary towels. This project is finally bearing fruit. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz tweeted that he wanted to campaign for a reduced tax rate.
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In Germany and many other countries, a distinction is made between different VAT rates. For us, this is generally 19 percent and 7 percent for basic food and everyday items. So far, tampons and panty liners are taxed at 19 percent. Above all women and now Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz find this unfair. The SPD politician said last Friday (October 4th, 2019) to the German Press Agency and on Twitter: “Many women have campaigned for a reduced tax rate. We’re getting this off the ground now because it’s right! My suggestion is that this go into effect on January 1st “.
According to Scholz, the change to the tampon tax should be included in the draft annual tax law. When the change is discussed in the Bundestag, it will show whether the tax will be reduced as of January 1st, 2020. Previous counter-arguments said that another exception in the VAT system could cause chaos and that it would make more sense to make a fundamental change.
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Tampon book is now also available from dm: “Period is not a luxury”!
Salmon caviar, oil paintings and truffles: luxury goods in Germany are subject to the reduced tax rate of 7%. However, 19% VAT is charged on tampons. The Stuttgart start-up “The Female Company” wants to draw attention to this with its “Tampon Book”.
The matter also made itself heard through the publication of The Female Company’s “Tampon Book”, which can be bought online for a short time at the drugstore dm.
The founders Anni and Sinja have reached women, men and now politicians with their education. The two women thank you on your Instagram profile with the words “This is the moment we have been working towards all year!” with Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. We are not the only ones to find an increased VAT rate on hygiene articles for women. There are also topics of conversation in Austria, Switzerland, but also in Sweden. The highest tax rate applies there at 25 percent.