Did Texas lawmakers grant tax break on condoms? Once, yes.


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Austin state Rep. Donna Howard made a claim about condom taxation that prompted a fact check.

Howard said condoms were once not covered by the state sales tax, though no longer.

PolitiFact Texas, which partners newspapers including the American-Statesman, rated the claim True.

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An Austin legislator popped a condom claim that made the PolitiFact Texas reporting team wonder.

State Rep. Donna Howard, a Democrat, recently told reporters for the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News that condoms used to be exempt from the state sales tax, though no longer.

That proved correct. For more than seven years through August 2007, condoms with spermicide were considered sales-tax-exempt.

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