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After several months of discussions Philadelphia has become only the second city and the biggest City in United States to enact a sweetened beverage tax. The tax is not just on sodas. This tax is on any non-alcoholic beverage, syrup, or other concentrate used to prepare a beverage that lists as an ingredient any form of caloric sugar-based sweetener. Drinks considered "diet" or "zero calorie" are also taxed.
The Philadelphia Bev Tax will add a 1.5-cents-per-ounce to tax all sweetened drinks sold in Philadelphia and will be paid by distributors of those beverages (not the dealers that sell to the public). The Philadelphia Bev Tax revenue is currently planned to be used to improve much-needed services such as universal Pre-K, community schools and major park renovations. In addition, many people also hope that the tax will address certain public health concerns if citizens think twice about the purchase of sweetened drinks, which can lead to increased health problems, particularly for those living in poverty.
This timely CLE program examines how Philadelphia businesses will be impacted. The program, featuring City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue and Department of Public Health representatives, will also discuss how the Tax will be implemented in support of critical programs.
"Bounty from the Bar Food Drive" Until Nov. 16.
The Young Lawyers Division is requesting nutritious, nonperishable food donations for the "Bounty from the Bar Food Drive" in partnership with Philabundance. Philabundance food collection boxes are available until Nov. 16 at the Philadelphia Bar Association in the 10th Floor Board Room and outside of the 11th Floor Conference Center. Food items are preferred, but monetary donations are also accepted. Click here to donate online. Let us work together to help provide some relief for the hungry!