diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

More States Seek to End Sales Tax on Diapers

by Alison Weir, Chief of Policy, Research and Analysis, National Diaper Bank Network


More and more state legislatures are becoming aware of diaper need and the inherent injustice of charging sales tax for basic needs like diapers and tampons.  Louisiana, Michigan, and Nevada join the list of states looking at exempting diapers from sales tax. In Louisiana, the sales tax exemption bill is joined by a proposal to change the state constitution to prohibit tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products.  In Nevada, because sales tax provisions are already written into the state constitution, the proposal to exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products will have to be approved by a public referendum once it is approved by the legislature. 

Nevada is also considering a bill that would require the state Department of Health and Human Services to actively look for federal grant money that could be used to provide diapers for families in need. Sounds like someone is already getting ready for the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Todders Act (U.S. HR 1143)!

For those who may have lost count, the following 18 states have a bill under consideration to eliminate or reduce sales tax on diapers: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina (for diaper banks distributing diapers), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont (diapers are currently tax free, but this would change their classification and add toilet paper as a tax free item), and Virginia (adult diapers only).

The following 6 states are considering some form of direct diaper assistance, either to families or organizations that provide diapers: California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York.

The following 19 states have a bill under consideration to reduce or eliminate sales tax on menstrual supplies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland (bill clarifies that all menstrual supplies are tax exempt), Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The following 7 states have a bill under consideration to provide some form of direct assistance for menstrual supplies: California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

See all the bills with our state bill tracker

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.


  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations


"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "


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