In Germany, apparently, having your period is a luxury. The government imposes a 19% tax on all fem-care products.
This amounts to 87 million euros a year. In comparison, caviar, luxury hotel rooms
and cinema tickets among other goods are taxed at a reduced 7%.

Sign the petition below to end this injustice, and make the government reduce the taxation to the EU minimum of 5%.

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Your Luxury Tax

to calculate how much you’re paying in luxury taxes.
So far you’ve spent approximately xxxx € on your period,
of which xxx,xx € have been spent on period taxes.

The figures above are approximated and stand as an indicator of the average amount
a woman spends on her period in her lifetime.

Average cost of periods over a woman’s lifetime (approximated)

tampon + pads: 1000€ (≈ 200€ in taxes)
Birth control: 4500€ (≈ 855€ in taxes) [calculated from age 18 onward]
Underwear: 2030€ (≈ 385€ in taxes)
painkillers: 1000€ (≈ 200€ in taxes)
Heat pads: 40€ (≈ 7.6€ in taxes)
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Total: ≈ 8600 (≈1650 in taxes)

Total amount spent over a woman’s menstrual lifetime totals to 8600€ of which 1650€ (19% of 8600) spent in taxes alone. The average menstrual lifespan of a woman is 40 years (12 to 52 years) Number of periods over a life time: 40 × 12 = 480 periods On average a woman spends 215€ (8600 ÷ 40) per year on periods and approx. 18€ (215 ÷ 12) per month or per period cycle.

An estimate of the amount the German government is earning per year through taxation on periods: Approx. number of women in Germany in the fertile age bracket ≈ 17,35 million women Approx. amount the State earns per year through the 19% taxation of tampons and pads ≈ (17,35 million × 200) ÷ 40 ≈ 86,75 million € Approx. amount the State earns per year through the 19% taxation on period related femcare products: ≈ (17,35 million × 1650) ÷ 40 ≈ 715 million €

Why is it an injustice?

Not using femcare products would force people who are on their period to either stay at home or free-bleed in public. By taxing femcare products at 19% and not at 7%, the State categorises these essential products as a luxurious alternative to free-bleeding. That doesn’t seem like a fair alternative, does it?

Femcare products are not expensive.
Why should the tax be reduced?

Although all femcare products do amount to a lot of money over a lifetime, the real issue is not about the money but the injustice in placing a luxury tax on items that are a necessity, and not a luxury.

Why do we call it a Luxury Tax?

There are two taxes in Germany: reduced tax at 7% tax and standard tax at 19 %. The Government applies reduced tax on goods that are viewed as essential for living. The standard tax of 19% is applied to femcare products, thus making it a non-essential. To address this unjust taxation, we have chosen to call it ‘Luxury Tax’. After all, can caviar really be considered more essential to life than femcare products?

The official definition of luxury tax:
A luxury tax is a tax on luxury goods:
products not considered essential.