The so-called “pink tax” is discriminatory.

151209123902-tampon-luxury-tax-780x439And we can stop it.

I wrote this for Mother Courant.


3 responses to “The so-called “pink tax” is discriminatory.

  1. Reading this morning about Connecticut’s ongoing battle against disappearing revenues. In a political environment seeing the suspension of $140 million in payments to acute-care hospitals and about $4million in payments to Community health centers being cut do you think your legislature and the Malloy Administration will seriously entertain any further reduction of revenues if it can be avoided?

    I agree that system needs reforming, but looking at a projected 5% growth in the deficit for the next fiscal year, consumers might be looking at expansion of that tax structure instead of eliminations.

  2. I am wondering, how do we have such a deficit, given CT didn’t even have an income tax prior to about 1991? Taxing baby diapers, but not adult diapers makes no sense. We can do this without penalizing women by applying taxes to some things currently exempt.

    Why not tax:

    Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. SN 2007(3), 2007 Legislation Granting a Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Sales of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. – We don’t need an incentive anymore. Incandescent bulbs are no longer available!

    Current United States and Connecticut flags. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(23).

    Internet Access Services. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-408(1) – why is this exempt?

    Magazines sold by subscription and newspapers Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-412(114) (SN 2003(10), 2003 Legislative Changes to Sales and Use Taxes.) – Why not?

    Motor vehicles, aircraft, and vessels: Why aren’t these items taxed???

    Flyable aircraft sold by a manufacturer of aircraft located in this state to certificated or licensed carriers engaged in interstate or foreign commerce or to nonresidents for use exclusively outside Connecticut. Purchasers must complete Affidavit SUT-16a-3. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(20) – Why not? If we tax the everyday consumer using Amazon, why not this?

    Aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds or more. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(99)

    Repair or replacement parts and repair services for use in aircraft or in the significant overhauling or rebuilding of aircraft or aircraft parts or components on a factory basis. The purchaser must complete CERT-110, Aircraft Repair Services Certificate and Aircraft Repair and Replacement Parts Certificate. Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-412(76) and (77)

    Motor vehicles purchased but not registered in this state by persons who are nonresidents and do not maintain a permanent place of abode in Connecticut. The purchaser must complete CERT-125, Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicle or Vessel Purchased by a Nonresident of Connecticut. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(60)

    Motor vehicles sold to limited liability companies or their members in connection with the organization or termination of the limited liability company, provided the last taxable sale was subject to tax. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-431(a)

    Commercial trucks, truck tractors, tractors, semitrailers, and vehicles used in combination with commercial trucks, truck tractors, tractors, semitrailers that have a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 26,000 pounds; or are operated actively and exclusively during the one-year period beginning on the date of purchase for the carriage of interstate freight under a certificate or permit issued by the Interstate Commerce Commission or its successor agency. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(70)

    Commercial fishing vessels and machinery or equipment for use on the vessels. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(40)

    Vessels that will be docked in Connecticut for 60 or fewer days in a calendar year. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-408(1)(E)

    Vessels when purchased by nonresidents who maintain no permanent place of abode in Connecticut and who will not register them in Connecticut. (Vessel means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.) The purchaser must complete CERT-125, Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicle or Vessel Purchased by a Nonresident of Connecticut; Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(60)

    Repair and maintenance services to vessels. IP 2006(12), Q & A on the Purchase of Vessels; Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412 and Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-411(1)

    Fabrication labor to existing vessels. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412

    Property tax payments under motor vehicle leases (if separately stated on the bill to the lessee from the lessor). Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(49)

    Rare or antique coins. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(45).

    Safety apparel, defined as any item of clothing or protective equipment worn by an employee for protection during the course of the employee’s employment. (PS 2004(4), Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Safety Apparel) Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(91).
    Shoe repair services. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(105).

  3. On one piece you mentioned – items sold to/services for women costing more than same items intended for men. WTF? How can we force change, large scale?

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