It seems like Chicago officials are struggling to find things to tax. Residents are already paying taxes on garbage, the "cloud" and cellphones, and face some of the highest sales tax and property tax rates in the country.
Now a court has ruled they must deal with one more: a tax on online video and audio streaming services, such as Netflix.
The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, signed into federal law in 2015, prohibits multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce and online access. But Chicago's Finance Department simply reinterpreted the city's existing amusement tax to include online streaming services.
Six Chicago residents and Netflix subscribers filed a lawsuit fighting this tax, but it was rejected by Cook County Circuit Court. The case could soon be headed to the Illinois Supreme Court. If rejected, other cities are likely to impose this tax, too.
Now is the time to speak up! Sign this petition to show you oppose the internet streaming tax, today!