Taxes: Soda

Taxes: Soda

The Soda Tax is considered one of the “Sin taxes,” which are levied on activities or products that are considered socially undesirable. Other common targets include alcohol and tobacco. Sin taxes are often meant to act both as a disincentive for specific behaviors and as a means to generate public revenue. For example, cigarette taxes are intended to help people quit smoking and taxes on soft drinks to reduce obesity. Revenues are sometimes targeted at health and social programs that ease the problems created by the use of the product.

Commentary

Soda taxes

The Soda Tax Wars

April 20, 2010

Cry Wolf Quotes

The tax took away our ability to accumulate funds to replace assets. We were strapped for cash flow.

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Tommy Lawrence, former president of Coca-Cola of Northeast Arkansas. Arkansas Business.
01/03/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

[Back Yard Burgers] knew about the [Arkansas soda] tax when it made the move, but it wasn't much of a concern. "It really didn't enter into it at all," King says.

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Stephen J. King, Back Yard Burgers' chief financial officer
01/20/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

Why should we be singled out more than any other product? It's totally unfair. This industry more than pays its share of taxes and understands its obligation to do that, but these special taxes are another matter.

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Jim Finkelstein, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
11/05/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Ohio Soda Tax

This is a huge, huge loophole. If they could raise one (food tax), they could raise another one.

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Diana Winterhalter, a spokeswoman for the bottlers' coalition, called the Stop Taxes on Food Committee. Cleveland Plain-Dealer, 1994.
10/15/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Ohio Soda Tax

Resources

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a think tank focused on tax and fiscal policy. They provide in-depth analysis of state issues.

Citizens for Tax Justice is an organization that represents low and middle income citizens in the tax debates on Capitol Hill.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, since 1971, has been a leading advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alchohol policy, and sound science.