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Denver Ending City Sales Tax On Period Products

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Denver is joining a movement to eliminate sales taxes on period products.

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to not charge the city's 4.3 percent sales tax on tampons, pads and related products, treating them as necessities rather than luxury items.

Shoppers will still have to pay state and special district sales taxes totaling 4 percent. The change will take effect July 1 and cost the city an estimated $450,000 a year.

Advocates say 10 U.S. states have eliminated their so-called tampon tax. Kenya became the first country to do so more than a decade ago and nations including Canada and India have followed.

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