A new sugar tax is to be introduced on April 6 this year to coincide with the introduction of a similar tax that will be introduced in the UK on the same date.

The new measure, announced in last year's Budget, will see tax of 30 cent per litre on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.

It will also see a reduced rate of 20 cent per litre on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe confirmed that detailed discussions have taken place between Revenue and the soft drink industry on practical issues in relation to the implementation of the tax.

Revenue provided draft guidance for the industry on the operation of the tax to interested parties and tax advisors in January.

The minister was responding to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil's finance spokesperson Michael McGrath.

When the sugar tax was announced in the Budget, the soft drinks industry said the sector was being arbitrarily singled out.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said at the time that the estimated annual revenue to be raised from the sugar tax was €40 million.