May 20, 2010

Diet Soda May Be Cheaper in NY

1 Diet Soda May Be Exempt from Proposed Tax

"Start taxing my grandpa’s Ensure. No lie, check the ingredients. A sugared beverage means taxed beverage!"
- Taxes, really? in the comments

To gain greater support for a separate tax on sugary sodas in New York, Governor David A. Paterson has proposed exempting diet soda and bottled water from the existing regular sales tax, reports the New York Times. Paterson is hoping the proposal would be more appealing to the beverage industry and lawmakers who haven't been on board with a previously unpopular soda tax. The new proposed tax would bring in $1 billion a year, but netting out the lost sales tax, there would only be a gain of $815 million, which would still help to reduce New York's multibillion-dollar shortfall. Althought the legislators seem to be focused on the revenue gain, the putative incentive for the tax is that it could help reduce rates of obesity and diabetes.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Soda Tax for Healthcare

Tags: Soda Tax, New York Soda Tax, Proposed Soda Tax, Soda Tax to Exempt Diet Soda, Bottled Water Exempt from Soda Tax, Governor David A. Paterson, Shortfall in New York

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