SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is sponsoring Senate Bill 1858, a measure that seeks to lower sales tax on male and female condoms, incontinence products, diapers and baby wipes from the current 6.25 to 1 percent.
“Many items that fall under this bill are necessities to people’s everyday life,” Stuart said. “Reducing the tax on incontinence products will make them more affordable and increase their accessibility.”
Stuart’s House Bill 1858 would change the tax code to allow these products to be classified in the same class as medical products. Currently, prescription and nonprescription medicines, insulin, syringes and medical appliances fall under this classification and have a lower sales tax at 1 percent.
“While these products may not be seen by the Food and Drug Administration as medical supplies, many people use them every day for their health and wellness,” continued Stuart. “I am happy to sponsor this legislation on the House side and take a step to make necessary products available and accessible by lowering their sales tax.”