The British government will finally lobby the EU to do away with the 5% VAT currently levied on sanitary products, a penalty that is being called ‘Vagina Added Tax’. Women pay 5% VAT on tampons and sanitary items since the last Labour government cut the rate from 17.5% to 5%. The government says it can’t get rid of the tax altogether because the current EU rules do not allow it. Campaigners have been lobbying for the abolition of the Tampon Tax, which sees sanitary products taxed as ‘luxury items’ while essential items like private jets and crocodile meat are not. Over 250,000 people have signed a petition against the Tampon Tax. Paula Sherriff, the Labour MP who campaigned for the amendment, explained, “Frankly VAT on tampons is the Vagina Added Tax.