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Sweetened Beverage Tax Officially Hits Cook County

Sweetened Beverage Tax Officially Hits Cook County

Sweetened Beverage Tax Officially Hits Cook County

The long awaited (just kidding) soda tax is officially in place as of Wednesday. The tax impacts all sugary drinks, not just pops and sodas, but teas and juices not 100% juice as well. The tax only impacts Cook County. Areas outside of Cook aren’t subject to the new tax, which is equal to one penny per ounce. The City is hoping the new tax will cut down on Chicagoans sugary drink intake, the same way the bag tax has cut down on their use of plastic bags.

Here’s a list of beverages subject to the new beverage tax:

  • Soda (pop)
  • Sports drinks
  • Flavored water
  • Energy drinks
  • Pre-made sweetened coffee and tea with less than 50% milk content
  • Beverages made from syrups using a beverage machine
  • Fountain Drinks
  • Lemonade
  • Juices containing added sugar

Exclusions to the beverage tax:

  • 100% natural fruit/vegetable juice
  • Milk, soy, rice or similar milk that are more than 50% main ingredient
  • Unsweetened drinks
  • Infant formula
  • Beverages for medical use
  • Weight reduction/therapeutic nutritional meal replacements
  • Any syrup or powder the consumer uses themselves to combine with other ingredients to make a beverage

For more details on the tax or to view the tax ordinance visit:
https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/sweetened-beverage-tax