Wednesday 21 February 2018

Call for tax hike on sugary drinks

A 20pc sugar tax on fizzy drinks to help curb the nation's obesity crisis has been called for in the upcoming Budget.

The levy on sugary drinks was part of a number of "sin taxes" outlined by health groups who put their pre-Budget submissions before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.

Health Minister James Reilly is a strong supporter of a sugar tax and commissioned a report on its impact before last year's Budget.

It said a 10pc sugar tax on fizzy drinks has the potential to reduce the number of overweight and obese adults by 24,000. But despite the strong case for the tax, the proposal was shot down by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and his officials, who claimed fizzy drinks were already subject to a high enough levy of 23pc VAT.

Irish Independent

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