Tampon tax repeal takes effect in New York

New York State's repeal of the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products took effect September 1, 2016. In July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation eliminating the tax. The governor's office expects the exemption to save women $10 million a year.

"Eliminating this regressive tax on women was a matter of fairness and I am proud to have signed this legislation to right that wrong," Cuomo said. "With the law in effect, we have taken one more step toward a more just and more fair New York for all."

In August, the Department of Taxation and Finance informed retailers the exemption. Consumers who believe they have been charged this tax after September 1 can apply for a refund by filling out Form AU-11 and sending it and the receipt to the Tax Department.