The Ministry of Equality has asked to include in the negotiation of the State's general budgets (PGE) of 2021, a VAT reduction of 10% to 4% in tampons, pads and menstrual cups, and also in other hygiene products for babies, minors or dependent people, such as diapers. It is about incorporating a "purple rate"How serious" with a minimum rate "all products" linked to the gender gap ", as explained by the minister's department Irene Montero.
Since said administration, they have raised the measure due to the existing pay gap between women and men, which implies that the female population obtains a lower income available for the consumption of this type of articles of first necessity.
As they have explained, the 'purple rate' would be "a slight change"which would improve the cquality of life and family economies. "The next budgets should be dedicated to the reconstruction of the country in a feminist key. This also implies another tax system that does not punish women or the tasks they assume," the Ministry of Equality has defended.
The reduction of VAT on products such as tampons and pads is a measure that was already part of the agreements of the Coalition government. The Executive had opted for it in the 2019 General Budgets after the budget pact with United we can Y Maria Jesus Montero, Minister of Finance, who had defended that the impact of gender in the purchase of these basic necessities was evident, however the accounts at that time fell. And those of 2020 did not include the 'purple rate' due to the health and economic crisis due to the Covid-19.
Now, the Ministry of Irene Montero has taken up the proposal since "women cannot pay more for the fact of being them", but it has advanced on the issue and has claimed to include "all those products linked to care tasks that fall on the shoulders of the majority of the female population and that imply an impact on their economy ", such as diapers, which are currently taxed at twenty-one%, the tallest. "Menstruating is not a choice, but neither is it a choice for a baby to wear diapers during their first years of life or for an older person to also need them," ministry sources have argued.
In 2019, this VAT reduction of the 10% to 4% implied that the state would stop entering 18 million euros, it is a tax measure that less affected our coffers, even below the decrease in VAT on electronic books. However, at present it would be necessary to add to the calculation the rest of hygiene products for babies or older, which Equality does not specify beyond diapers.
It is not a new debate
The decline in feminine hygiene products has been a recurring issue in public debate. At the end of 2016, the Equality Commission of Congress had approved a non-law proposal presented by the PSOE to urge the Government to lower the VAT on these essential items. The initiative had the vote against the PP and the Citizens abstention. In other countries like Canada, France or Germany, has been achieved, although half of the EU territories continue to have the same VAT for this type of merchandise as for wine or tobacco, as revealed Civio.