Is taxing sugar-sweetened beverages a sweet deal?

Blog by Ceren Ozer. Published on http://www.worldbank.org on
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB)[i] are a well-recognized adversary in the fight against sugary_drink_1140x500.pngobesity and the quest for better public health. Interest in discouraging consumption through higher taxes is growing as more jurisdictions impose them and as we learn more from their experiences. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes are one of three taxes for health highlighted in a recently published report by the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health.
Many are asking: are taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are really a sweet deal? Does such a tax enable policy makers to improve health outcomes by reducing unhealthy consumption? And does it help generate additional tax revenue for more spending on human capital?

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The ongoing impact of ‘nudging’ people to pay their taxes

Sustainability is the holy grail of development. There are many interventions that yield guatemala.jpgpositive results in the short term but somehow fail to be sustained over time. This is why the experience in Guatemala that we are about to describe is worth paying attention to. In short, it shows that behavioral insights can lead to lasting change.

 

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SM15 Preview: Tax Evasion and Development Finance

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 13:00 – 14:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: International Finance Corporation Headquarters, F Auditorium & Online  Follow the event with #TaxEvasion

As law enforcement agencies continue to crack-down on international tax evaders to promote transparency in the global financial system, a lot more needs to be done to ensure that financing for development efforts are not impacted.

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