Sugar sweetened drinks tax comes into effect in the Republic of Ireland

Today, 01 May 2018, the sugar sweetened drinks tax came into effect in the Republic of Ireland. The tax is one of a number of measures being implemented under ‘‘​A Healthy Weight for Ireland – Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025’’ to reduce levels of obesity.

The tax applies to non-alcoholic, water-based and juice-based drinks which have 5 grams or more of added sugar per 100ml. Drinks with an added sugar content above 5g and below 8g per 100ml will be taxed at 16 cent per litre (20 cent including VAT). Drinks with more than 8g of added sugar per 100ml will be taxed at 24 cent per litre (30 cent including VAT). A similar tax on sugary drinks commenced in Northern Ireland on 06 April 2018.

safefood welcomes these measures and encourages people to have milk and water as routine drinks. For more information on the sugar in drinks take a look at our sugary drinks infographic.

Posted: 01/05/2018 15:57:24 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Drinks, Sugar, Sugar tax, Sugary drinks, Tax


 

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