- As global momentum builds, we’re so pleased to see more countries push ahead with plans for a sugar tax!
- And, Ireland has just announced details of their sugar tax, which kicks off next April.
- In case you missed it, we’ve also relaunched our petition with Change.org to get the sugar tax across the line here in Australia!
Ireland recently released their 2018 tax budget, which includes their plans to implement a sugar tax from April 2018.
Following in the UK’s footsteps, Ireland’s sugar tax will focus on fizzy drinks and includes two tax bands – drinks with between 5g–8g of sugar per 100ml will be taxed at 20 cents a litre, and drinks with over 8g of sugar per 100ml will be taxed at 30 cents a litre.
So, what does that look like? A Coca-Cola Classic, with 10.6g of sugar per 100mls will sit in the higher tax band of 30 cents per litre. But, as Fanta Orange contains 6.9g of sugar per 100mls, it will be taxed at the lower rate of 20 cents per litre. This equates to around 10 cents extra for a standard 330ml can of Coke.
It’s estimated that the sugar tax will raise a whopping €40 million every year.
Many health boards are praising the new tax with The Irish Heart Foundation calling this, “A landmark day in the fight against obesity”. We couldn’t agree more!
Sign our Change.org petition to show your support for the Australian sugar tax!