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  • The 10 US Cities with the Greatest Tax Burdens


    In 2015, Chicago imposed a nine percent tax on Netflix and PlayStations. In 2017, Chicago imposed a seven cent bag tax on every single plastic or paper bag used. In fact, Chicago is so thirsty for taxpayer dollars they imposed a five percent tax on bottled water. They even have a special additional tax for candy and soda.

    In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Chicago the fourth most miserable city in the US. Coincidence? Maybe not.

    According to a new report from Truth in Accounting, residents of the Windy City are the most heavily taxed in nation, and it’s not a close contest. Below is a breakdown of the 10 US cities with the largest per capita taxpayer burden.

    Chicago’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $119,110

    New York City’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $85,600

    Los Angeles’ combined Taxpayer Burden: $56,390

    Philadelphia’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $50,120

    San Jose’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $43,120

    San Diego’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $35,410

    Dallas’ combined Taxpayer Burden: $33,490

    Houston’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $22,940

    San Antonio’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $16,660

    Phoenix’s combined Taxpayer Burden: $13,290

    Most statistics don’t include underlying expenses not included in official reports. Taxpayers are responsible for paying for debts incurred by the government for schools, transit agencies, housing administrations, and more.

    When all factors are accounted for, Chicago’s citizens actually carry a heavier burden than the people of New York City. And not just by a few pennies here or there, but by over $30,000 per taxpayer! As Lori Lightfoot, the recently elected mayor of Chicago, explained, “We live in one of the most taxed cities and the most taxed county, unfortunately, in the country.”

    According to Chris Lentino of the Office of Illinois Policy,

    In a comparative analysis of taxes and fees in the nation’s top 15 cities, Chicago won first place more times than any other city. After analyzing 24 different taxes and fees—from those on cellphones, cigarettes, ridesharing and more—Chicago is leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors, with 10 No. 1 rankings.

    If having the highest taxes were a competition, Chicago would be a clear winner. When a city takes its citizens money it is saying “we know how to spend your money better than you do.”

    In reality, each individual is in the best position to choose how they would like to exchange their money for various goods and services. Taxes serve many different purposes, some more noble than others, but it’s abundantly clear that spending is pretty much out of control when citizens are taxed $119,110 on average in order to balance your budget.

    Catherine Alles

    Catherine Alles is an Editorial Apprentice at the Foundation for Economic Education. In high school, Catherine competed in speech and debate and now coaches at her local club and at summer camps. In addition, she has led public speaking workshops at YMCA Youth in Government programs and community colleges. In August of 2018, she created a YouTube channel sharing some of her debate tips in lecture format. She loves group fitness classes, pouring latte art, watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan, and creating new dishes in the kitchen. You can follow her culinary creation journey on her food Instagram.

    This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

  • Chicago’s New PlayStation Tax Shows How Greedy Politicians Can Be

    If it moves, tax it.” That’s government’s eternal motto, as Ronald Reagan quipped. To this, the city government of Chicago has added, “If it amuses, tax it.”

    A few weeks ago, PlayStation 4 users in Chicago were shocked when they turned on their consoles and saw a message from Sony. The message informed users that as of November 14, 2018, they would be required to pay a 9 percent “amusement tax” for PlayStation subscriptions such as PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Music, and others.

    The tax is specifically related to streaming services, so the PlayStation games themselves will not be subject to the 9 percent tax. But in today’s subscription-heavy economy, many users purchase these consoles as a medium to stream videos and music rather than using them solely to play games. Not to mention, the tax will still include subscription services that allow Playstation users to connect and play with other users around the globe. So if you own a PlayStation in Chicago, it is unlikely that you will be able to fully avoid this tax.

    PlayStation users, however, are not the only victims of this absurd tax.

    Chicago is one of the most heavily taxed cities in the country. In addition to holding the title for the highest sales tax nationwide, the city also levies additional taxes