Ax the Bev Tax

Philly’s beverage tax hurts!

It’s time to Ax the Bev Tax!

Despite opposition from the majority of Philadelphia residents and businesses, the beverage tax is now in effect as of January 1, 2017 – and Philadelphians are taking a stand!

Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce beverage tax isn’t just a tax on soda, it’s a tax on flavored juice, almond milk, bottled coffees and teas, coconut water, sports drinks, and even diet beverages.

Working families cannot afford the tax. Many residents are going outside of the city to buy goods, which has resulted in a decrease in sales. Small businesses are losing loyal customers and residents are struggling to pay for everyday items. For example, a 6-pack of diet green tea that would typically cost $4.99, now costs $6.07. Two-liter beverages have gone up a dollar, and the cost of a 12-pack of beverages has increased by more than $2.00!

This Just In

New Report from Oxford Economics: The Economic Impact of Philadelphia's Beverage Tax
In January 2017, Philadelphia implemented a 1.5 cent per ounce tax (PBT) on all sweetened beverages – even those with no calories. The impact means that Philadelphia will lose an estimated 1,190 jobs, $54 million in labor income, and $80 million in annual GDP.



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