Tennessee bills would change tax on some necessity items like diapers, feminine hygiene products

Posted at 9:14 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 10:47:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Tennessee lawmakers will work on a plan that could save you and your family some cash.

The two bills could change the tax on some necessity items. One bill looks to eliminate sales tax on diapers and baby wipes. The other would add feminine hygiene products onto the list of approved items eligible for tax-free weekend.

Sen. Katrina Robinson (D -- Memphis) introduced the pro-family bill earlier this year to cut taxes on some baby items to help new families. The average 44-count box of diapers at Walmart costs $24. With the Davidson County sales tax, that’s more than $2 in tax per-box.

The net impact would be big on the decrease in revenue for the state. It’s estimated the state would take in about $9.8 million less in net revenue for fiscal year 2020-2021.

The other bill submitted by Sen. Sara Kyle (D -- Memphis) would add pads and tampons to the list of items eligible for no tax during tax free weekend. It would lead to an estimated decrease in about $133,000 in state revenue.

"I would just urge a very small amount of dollars but sends a very large signal that our state is taking an important step in recognizing these products as a necessity and they are an essential part of women's health,” said Sen. Kyle.

Both of those bills will be heard in the senate later Tuesday.