Taxing sugary drinks has emerged as an important healthy food and chronic disease prevention policy. Sugary drink taxes generate substantial revenues to address community needs and reduce sales of sugary drinks. Yet they must do more. A well-designed tax promotes health and social equity by benefiting the people most harmed by the beverage industry’s sugary drink products and predatory marketing practices. It invests revenues in these impacted communities and gives them a strong role in deciding how to use tax revenues.
This brief contains recommendations for designing sugary drink taxes so they promote equity from the Sugary Drink Tax Equity Workgroup. It recommends critical components of equitable tax policy design including the rationale and considerations for each recommendation. Visit our Sugary Drink Tax Equity page for the full report, an infographic and more.