Ax the Bev Tax

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Philadelphia beverage tax?
The City of Philadelphia imposed a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on more than 3,000 beverages. This tax went into effect on January 1, 2017. The tax amount is reflected on some receipts under the name “Philly Bev Tax.” Other stores have increased prices of goods to cover the cost of the new beverage tax.
How does Philadelphia’s beverage tax impact me?
This tax hurts the Philadelphians who can least afford it, including working families and local businesses. These shockingly high prices have caused a decrease in sales and have forced working families to travel outside city limits to buy their juices, teas, and sports drinks — taking business out of Philadelphia.
How will this tax impact the prices of everyday items?
More than 3,000 products in your typical grocery store are subject to Philadelphia’s beverage tax. The cost for a two-liter has gone up $1.01; a 12-pack has gone up $2.16. A regular 6-pack of diet green tea used to cost $4.99, now costs $6.07.
Isn’t the Philadelphia beverage tax just a tax on soda?
No, Philadelphia’s beverage tax is not just a tax on soda — it’s a tax on diet beverages, flavored juice, teas, almond milk, coconut water, non-alcoholic cocktail mixers, coffees, sports drinks, and more.
What can I do to help stop the Philadelphia beverage tax?
Contact your local city council member, and tell them to AX THE TAX! Find your representative at phlcouncil.com/council-members/.
What is a fluid ounce?

The City of Philadelphia imposed a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on more than 3,000 beverages. This may not sound like a lot until you consider the size of a fluid ounce. It’s tiny – about the size of a ping-pong ball. That means that the cost for a two-liter has gone up $1.01; a 12-pack has gone up $2.16. A regular 6-pack of diet green tea used to cost $4.99, now costs $6.07.

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