Ax the Bev Tax

Don't be fooled. Get the facts.

CLAIM: “Since it is not a sales tax, distributors … do not have to pass it down to their customers,

FACT: WHYY recently interviewed Andy Pincus, who owns Carbonator Rental Services, a Southwest Philadelphia small business that sells syrup to restaurants: “Depending on whether it's his own label or a national brand like Coca-Cola, Pincus charges anywhere from $60 to $90 per box [of syrup].But now, every time he sells one to a customer in Philadelphia, Pincus owes the city $57.60 in taxes.

‘We're not talking about a couple of bucks on a $60 item,’ he said. ‘We're talking about $57.60 on a $60 item. It's too big not to pass on.’

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