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Diapers – To Tax or Not To Tax?

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Feb 6, 2014

Infants may be the latest victims of discrimination.

Children’s diapers are subject to sales and use tax, while adult diapers are tax-exempt, according to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

The department reasons that children’s diapers are in the nature of clothing, which is generally taxable. On the other hand, adult diapers used for incontinence are exempt from sales and use taxes because the revenue department doesn’t include them in the clothing category.

Hmmm . . . worn on the same part of the anatomy for essentially the same purpose. Do babies have a case?

“Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.” – Marshall McLuhan, educator and philosopher

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