As of July 30, 2023, 27 states currently charge sales tax on diapers. This diaper tax can be as low as 4% or as high as 7% (Mississippi and Tennessee). In many states, cities and counties can add additional tax.
Children require at least 50 diaper changes per week or 200 diaper changes per month. By reducing the sales tax, families can buy 2 additional diapers for every percentage point reduction in the sales tax for the same money they would have used to buy 200 diapers with tax.
Diaper Tax Toolkit
The Diaper Tax Toolkit is available to help advocates spread awareness in your community and help eliminate the diaper tax in all 50 states. Use the resources and information to build relationships and educate your community and elected officials about the financial burden that the diaper tax imposes on low-wage families and those living in poverty.
Diaper Tax Achievements
Minnesota – In 1981, Minnesota exempted all health products from state sales tax. They became the first state to end the diaper tax.
New Jersey– New Jersey exempted diapers 40 years ago through the New Jersey Sales Tax Shopper’s Guide for Grocery, Drugs, and Household Items. Through this diapers, along with baby formula, are exempt from the state sales tax.
Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania has not taxed diaper since 1991. They fall under ‘paper goods’ in the state tax code and are not taxed similar to toilet paper, period products and other material basic necessities.
New York – New York exempted diapers from state sales tax April 1, 2006. In July 2022, New York exempted diapers from local taxes too. In 2022, the legislature, through Senate Bill 8033, decided to work to exempt diapers from local sales tax to ensure families are paying no taxes on diapers in New York and that bill was signed on July 19, 2022, making diapers exempt from all sales taxes effective.
Massachusetts– In 2013, Massachusetts Surgeon General reclassified diapers as medical devices making them tax free.
Connecticut– Diapers became exempt from sales tax in 2016 through a large revenue bill that exempted both diapers and period products, and became effective July 1, 2018.
Louisiana – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill making diapers tax free in June 2021. The bill went into effect July 1, 2022.
Maryland – Maryland exempted diapers in May 2022. It went into effect July 1, 2022.
Colorado – Colorado passed a bill to end the diaper tax in June 2022. The bill went into effect on August 10, 2022.
Iowa – In June 2022, Iowa exempted diapers from sales tax. The bill will go into effect January 1, 2023.
Indiana – Indiana passed a sales tax exemption and it went into effect July 1, 2022.
North Dakota – North Dakota exempted diapers in May 2023. It went into effect July 1, 2023.
Texas – Texas passed a bill to eliminate the tax on diapers, period products and other basic necessities in June 2023. The bill will go into effect on September 1, 2023.
Nevada – In June 2023, Nevada legislature passed a bill to exempt diapers from sales tax. The bill is a ballot measure for the November 2024 election.