New York Officially Wipes Away All Taxes On Diapers
The average price of a package of Pampers diapers is $10.00 which comes out to 37 cents per diaper. A bulk-sized box will set a person back an astounding $53.00.
What about adult diapers? According to IDiaper, the average wearer uses four a day at a cost of $1.33 per diaper which comes out to, on average, $160.00 per month.
Those prices for diapers are pretty steep and the average cost is before tax is factored in. Think reusable diapers are any cheaper?
Cloth Diapers for Beginners points out that reusable diapers can cost anywhere from $6.00 to $30.00 for high-end nighttime diapers. If the average household has 24 diapers in their supply and if those diapers cost says $18.00 a piece, the initial cost to get started is $432.00 (this doesn’t include the cost of laundry detergent, stain remover, or water or electricity usage) although, in the end, cloth diapers end up being cheaper than disposable.
With figures like these, it's no wonder that parents are caregivers are reeling and wondering how to stretch a buck to make ends need and care for the basic hygiene needs of their loved ones.
On Monday, July 25, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the "diaper initiative affordability for parents and elderly remedy act, or "DIAPER act," into law. The DIAPER act will make diapers used for human infants as well as those used for the elderly exempt from all state and local taxes and will include both disposable and cloth diapers.
Diapers were already exempt from New York state's 4 percent sales tax, but the new law means that diapers will also no longer be subject to local taxes.