Mexico proposes tax on sugary beverages 墨西哥提議對含糖飲料課稅

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 - Page 10

The Mexican government proposed penalizing sugary beverages with a special tax in an effort to contain twin epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, attempting to join countries such as France and Hungary in taxing sweet drinks in the name of public health.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s tax overhaul targets all sugar-sweetened beverages, not just soda, in a country where seven of 10 adults are either overweight or obese. An estimated 15 percent of people over age 20 have adult-onset diabetes.

The sugar content of carbonated soda has received heaps of attention in Mexico recently. An initiative in the Senate called for a 20 percent tax on soda.

The bill proposed on Sept. 8 would apply a tax of one peso (US$0.08) for each liter of sugar-sweetened beverage. The government said the tax of one peso per liter would bring in a little more than US$900 million a year in revenue.

Mexico’s Congress is expected to approve the broader fiscal proposal, including the soft-drink tax by mid-November, without substantial changes.

(Liberty times)

墨西哥政府力圖遏止肥胖與二型糖尿病雙生流行病,提案課徵特別稅懲罰含糖飲料,打算像法國和匈牙利一樣,從公共衛生的考量,而對含糖飲料課稅。

墨西哥總統潘尼亞.尼托的稅制改革提案,目標不只是汽水,而是所有加糖飲料。這個國家每十名成人就有七人體重過重或病態肥胖。估計二十歲以上的人有百分之十五罹患成年發病型糖尿病。

碳酸飲料的糖份問題,近年在墨西哥受到極大關注。參議院的一項提案要求對汽水課百分之二十的稅。

九月八日提出的這項提案將對每公升加糖飲料課徵一披索(八美分)的稅。政府說,每公升課徵一披索的稅,一年將帶來略高於九億美元的稅收。

預期墨西哥國會將在十一月中旬前,幾乎原封不動地批准包括軟性飲料稅在內的廣泛財政提案。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)