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NY tampon tax is still being charged on day it was supposed to be exempt

Posted at 3:53 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 23:30:18-04

Women are taking to Twitter, outraged that they've been charged tax on feminine hygiene products.

The hashtag #TweetYourReceipt is trending.

It encourages those who have been charged tax on feminine products like tampons on September 1, 2016 to Tweet their receipt, showing the charges.

In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to exempt sales tax  on feminine hygiene products. It was supposed to go into affect September 1, but many New Yorkers say they're still being charged.

The Governor's office released the following statement Thursday:

"On August 1, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance informed all retailers this exemption would take effect on September 1. If any New Yorker believes that they have been charged this tax, they should apply for a refund by submitting Form AU-11 and the receipt to the Tax Department. Retailers with questions about the exemption can contact the Tax Department between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 518-485-1159."

We went to four local stores in Hamburg, checking out who was still charging the tax and who wasn't. We found Hamburg Pharmacy was charging the tax, and was unaware the tax exemption started today. The Pharmacy refunded our money.

CVS and Rite Aid both were not charging tax.

When we went to Walgreens, we were also charged tax. We called Walgreens and it released the following statement saying:

"While updating our POS systems in preparation for the sales tax exemption taking effect today, we experienced an error that prevented the new exemption from going through. We are working to correct the issue and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Walgreens later said the issue has been resolved.