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Philadelphia’s new soda tax is being challenged

On June 20, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney approved the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax, commonly known as the soda tax. The ordinance imposes a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugar-based drinks starting on Jan. 1, 2017. This amounts to 24 cents per 16-ounce bottle, or roughly $1.01 per two-liter bottle. This ordinance is the first successful attempt to tax soda beverages in a major city in the United States. The Philadelphia Department of Revenue recently has released proposed regulations for the new tax. On Sept. 14, 2016, a complaint was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by a group including the beverage industry, restaurants and individuals to try to prevent enforcement of the tax.

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