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Food & Beverage Tax Developments in California, DC, Philadelphia, and Washington

1 min readBy: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

Imposing new excise taxes on food and beverage seems to be a trend now in state and local taxation. Those areas with some of the worst business taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. climates and/or highest tax burdens seem to be jumping first:

An interesting note: the D.C. proposal and probably others base the tax on the amount of beverage a concentrated powder would produce. So a 19-ounce canister of lemonade powder, for instance, would face a tax of $2.56 based on the D.C. formula.

More on food and beverage taxes here.