Improving nutrition across the United States is one of the most critical low-cost, high-benefit policies Congress and state legislators should embrace. Recent estimates suggest that at least 80% of Americans take at least one dietary supplement as a safe, effective, and affordable way to maintain good health and augment inadequate diets. While a healthy diet is a foundation for better health, even the most well-informed and well-intentioned consumers sometimes eat differently than they should. Supplements, which are easy to add to our daily diets, are often the first step many take toward greater nutritional awareness and healthy lifestyle choices. Whether taking a multivitamin, herbal product, or specialty supplement, people can live healthier lives by supplementing their diets.
So when medical professionals are recommending Americans support their health with essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin D, why are supplements still not exempt from the state sales tax?
Representative Matsumoto's proposal recognizes not only the importance of exempting food from sales tax but dietary supplements too. While reckless policies in our nation's capital have led to the rising cost of goods, this proposal provides a four-person household with over $800 saved annually.
Write your state lawmakers today urging their support for HB 687.
Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Natural Products Association