Friday, November 16, 2018

Chicago so desperate for money they are now taxing you 9% just for your amusement

By now many people know about San Francisco's 'Homeless Tax', where the city is preparing to invoke a new revenue scheme based on how many workers you have in your business.  But it appears that the City of Chicago does not want to be outdone by their West Coast neighbors and are themselves implementing a new tax on your amusement.

When they powered up their Playstations on Nov. 9, Gamers in the Windy City were furious to learn that they will now need to fork over a 9% levy to the city every time they pay for any of a suit of online services as Chicago steps up enforcement of its supremely unpopular Amusement Tax, which was expanded in 2015 to cover video games, streaming services and other digital-entertainment mediums. While some companies have resisted what they have decried as an overreach by city tax collectors, who are desperately trying to plug a massive budget hole while supporting some of the most under-funded public pensions in the country, Sony has become the latest video gaming company to acquiesce to the city's demands. Meanwhile, Nintendo and Microsoft (which owns Xbox) have been collecting the levies since 2015. 
According to the Chicago Tribune, the city’s amusement tax once only applied to concerts and sporting event tickets, but several streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu have bowed to the city's demands since the levy was first expanded. Apple, on the other hand, filed a lawsuit against the city back in August alleging that the tax on its streaming service was "illegal and discriminatory". The company isn't paying the tax while the case works its way through a Cook County court. 
Previously, a group of streaming companies including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, XBox Live and Hulu sued Chicago back in 2015 alleging that the tax was in violation of federal law. However, the judge ruled in the city’s favor in May. After an appeal, the case is awaiting a ruling from an appellate court. - Zerohedge
Is it any wonder why the state of Illinois is not only completely bankrupt, but also so corrupt and incompetent that they appear to be trying everything imaginable to make each of their citizens broke as well.

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