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Tri-State Vending Group Files Comments Opposing Philadelphia Beverage Tax

Posted On: 10/18/2016

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council, along with individual vending operators and supply companies belonging to the group, filed comments on Oct. 17 with the City of Philadelphia opposing the city's proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The tax was passed by the city council and mayor in June. | SEE STORY

Philadelphia's beverage tax is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. The American Beverage Association is also challenging the measure.

Comments filed by the Tri-State Council, which represents the vending machine industry in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, raised four issues regarding the potential impact of the regulation. They are:

1. Vending operators would face increased costs for warehousing, recordkeeping and compliance;
2. The diversity of taxed beverages would create a financial burden and difficulty in ascertaining applicability;
3. The Jan. 1, 2017, compliance implementation date is not attainable;
4. Operators and distributors should receive a portion of the tax for remitting the fees.

Click here to read the full text of Tri-State's comments.