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

If someone can explain to me the rhyme or reason for saddling soft drinks with the cost of building prisons and tapping the phones of imprisoned drug offenders, I would like to hear it.

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Barksdale Collins, president of Pacific Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Bellevue. The Business Wire.
05/05/1989 | Full Details | Law(s): Washington 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

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

People on the other side of the issue, I understand where they're coming from. They want their product funded. But my industry is paying the tax to some degree. That's the bottom line. Admittedly, some of the tax is passed on, but my restaurant and food service operators are paying some of this tax out of their own pocket.

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Wayne Dyer, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
01/26/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas 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.