PA: Court upholds Philadelphia’s idiotic beverage tax

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“A panel of judges has upheld Philadelphia’s beverage tax, dismissing complaints from the American Beverage Association and local retailers who argued that the levy is unlawful. The legal victory is the second for the city, which fended off a challenge in December. … In April, seven justices of Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh heard arguments on whether the city’s 1.5-per-ounce tax duplicates the state sales tax, rendering it illegal. Wednesday the panel published a 5-2 decision affirming the lower court’s ruling. Arguments centered on whether the levy amounted to a double tax. State law prohibits Philadelphia from enacting taxes on items or transactions the commonwealth already taxes.” (06/14/17)