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Policy Summary

Provides tax credit of up to $2,000 per year for merchants who purchase healthy beverages to sell in their stores.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Philadelphia
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Limited scope
It offers an incentive, not a requirement.
Food System Category Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

Healthy Beverage (§ 19-2604(16)(a)(ii)).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 19-2604(16)(a).

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The Revenue Department shall provide application forms for businesses that wish to apply for tax credits under this Section, and it shall accept such applications on a "first come-first served" basis until the total amount of credits for a particular year reaches one million dollars ($1,000,000). The Revenue Department shall when necessary randomly choose among applicants that apply on the same date. (§ 19-2604(16)(c)(2)).

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
Yes

The Revenue Department shall by July 1 of each year submit a written report to the Mayor, with a copy to the President and Chief Clerk of Council, summarizing the City's experience during the prior year with the tax credit provided under this Section along with the feasibility of converting this tax credit into a grant program in future fiscal years. (§ 19-2604(16)(e)).

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Title 19 (Finance, Taxes and Collections), Chapter 19-2600 (Business Income and Receipt Taxes), Section 19-2604(16) (Healthy Beverages Tax Credit). History: Added, Bill No. 160552 (approved June 20, 2016).