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

We're funding a program that has a lot of merit. But if it's so important, then everyone should be taxed, not just us.

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Wayne Dyer, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
01/20/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

Obviously for us as an industry, it causes undue harm.

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Lee Cox, general manager of Pepsi's Twinsburg bottling plant. Cleveland Plain-Dealer
10/15/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Ohio Soda Tax

We just feel that it is really an unnecessary tax. There may have been some problems in Medicaid, but we point to the large amounts of fraud.

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Jonathan Askins, the press secretary for Citizens Against Unfair Taxes (CAUT). Arkansas Business.
01/03/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas 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.