Lawmakers seek tax exemption for diapers


Buying diapers for babies or adults would be free of sales taxes under a proposal filed Thursday in the Florida House.

Minority Leader Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, filed a measure (HB 163) that would provide a sales-tax exemption on diapers, incontinence undergarments, pads and liners and disposable “baby wipes.” Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat who gave birth to twins in February, filed a similar measure (SB 56) last month.

The bills are filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

A similar proposal was filed in the 2017 session but did not make the Legislature's final tax-cut package.

A Senate staff analysis for the 2017 session estimated that the tax exemption would cut state revenue by $52.1 million a year.

Without the exemption for baby wipes, the number would be $40 million.