Tesco becomes first retailer to cover the cost of VAT on tampons


28 Jul 2017

Tesco has today announced it will reduce the price of women’s sanitary products in a bid to make them more affordable for customers.

The five per cent reduction in price will cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’ or VAT on the items ahead of Government proposals to remove the VAT and will apply to nearly 100 Tesco own label and branded products in the range.

Tesco previously committed to passing on the five per cent saving to customers when the Government’s proposed removal of VAT came into force, but has acted now in order to help customers with their regular shop.

Speaking about the price reduction, Michelle McEttrick, Tesco Group Brand Director said:

“For many of our customers, tampons, panty liners and sanitary towels are essential products.

“However, the cost of buying them every month can add up, and for many women and girls it can be a real struggle on top of other essential items.

“That’s why – as a little help for our customers – we are reducing the cost of these products by five per cent.”

 

 

Notes to editors

In October 2015 the Government confirmed it would seek a change in EU law to allow any rate of VAT to be applied to sanitary protection, as part of a review of EU VAT rates to be undertaken by the European Commission in 2016.
http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-11-18/16882

In March 2016 the European Council confirmed that the Commission’s initiative would “include proposals for increased flexibility for Member States with respect to reduced rates of VAT, which would provide the option to Member States of VAT zero rating for sanitary products.”
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-european-council-conclusions/