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Suit Filed Over Unlawful Taxing Of Feminine Hygiene Products

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against New York State's tax department arguing that it is unlawfully taxing tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

The suit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday argues that medical items are exempt from sales tax in New York.

Court papers say foot powder, adult diapers and dandruff shampoo are exempt from tax. But the five New York women argue in their lawsuit that some items used by women — including tampons and sanitary pads — are unlawfully taxed.

Last month, legislators voted to uphold the so-called tampon tax in Utah. It was eliminated in Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

A spokeswoman for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he believes the tax should be repealed and will work to eliminate it.

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