(Philadelphia, December 16, 2016) – Today, as part of its implementation of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, the Department of Revenue published online a list of distributors who have registered to pay the tax.
The list, available at www.phillybevtax.com/Dealers/Registered-Distributors, will serve as an important resource to dealers in Philadelphia, who must buy from registered distributors..
“I encourage dealers to look at this list as soon as possible. If your distributor isn’t on it, you need to call them, notify them that you’re located in Philadelphia, and ask if they plan to register. If they don’t, you may want to select another distributor on this list or register to pay for the tax yourself,” said Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin.
The list will be updated every two business days as new distributors register. Distributors are encouraged to register no later than December 31st, 2016, to avoid any disruptions or additional costs. Those who do register promptly will see an added benefit, as they will appear on the list sooner and their contact information will be available to dealers who are searching for a registered distributor.
The Philadelphia Beverage Tax takes effect January 1, 2017. The tax will be due the 20th of each month for the previous month, beginning on February 20, 2017 for January. The Revenue Department in November opened registration for distributors, and kicked off a comprehensive outreach program to provide sweetened beverage distributors and dealers with information to help them comply with tax requirements. That information can be found at phillybevtax.com.
Passed into law on June 20, 2016, the Philly Bev Tax will generate projected revenues of nearly $410 million over the next five years, which will be used to fund much-needed investments in pre-K schooling, community schools, recreation centers, libraries, and parks.
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