Let’s take a Eurotrip with the Tampon Tax

7 min readApr 13, 2020

This article provides an overview of the evolution of the tampon tax in European countries.

By Mariana de la Roche and Nikki van de Veerdonk

The tax on menstrual products, commonly known as the ‘tampon tax’ is a policy in which menstrual hygiene products are considered as a luxury item and consequently taxed at a higher rate than items deemed as a ‘necessary good’. Value-Added Taxes (VAT) on items classified as the latter are either reduced or in some cases exempt.


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