Pads, menstrual cups, tampons - In Germany, the VAT makes almost one fifth of the retail price. But that is about to change.
Menstrual products have long been taxed at a higher rate in Germany than many other everyday necessities — a form of discrimination, say activists. Even goldfish and cut flowers benefit from a lower VAT.
Plans are in the works to reduce the tax rate on tampons and pads in 2020. But critics say it's tax policy that needs an overhaul.
Tampons and other menstrual products are considered "luxury goods" by German tax officials. A group of feminists want to change that with a petition to the German parliament.
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