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Old 12-04-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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hi my name is lionel i want to know why the sales tax is 10.25 keep it like 8.25 or 9.25
Ha. This is a loaded question. Yes, it should be lower but what can you do. We'll see if the Toddler will try to find some legal loophole to somehow veto the deduction that just happened.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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hi my name is lionel i want to know why the sales tax is 10.25 keep it like 8.25 or 9.25
Because the income tax in Illinois is only 3% and Chicago has no city income tax unlike a lot of other major cities. So guess where a lot of the difference gets made up...
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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There is a new, higher tax on some mobile phone rates / plans in Chicago. It's a whopper, about 9% increase. Don't know if it's state, city, or county imposed.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Comcast subscribers pay a 9% City of Chicago amusement tax on their total cable bill, but Directv and Dish are exempt. Apparently, they provide two different services.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Taxes in Chicago are sky-high, and only going to get much worse.

The City is in massive debt, and the State is in the worst shape of any state nationwide. Pension reform failed. Guess what that means for our taxes?

Are we trying to out-decline Detroit or something?
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: NYC and Chicago
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Taxes in Chicago are sky-high, and only going to get much worse.

The City is in massive debt, and the State is in the worst shape of any state nationwide. Pension reform failed. Guess what that means for our taxes?

Are we trying to out-decline Detroit or something?
Taxes are getting worse? Last I checked, I saw some of the taxes go down in the last 1-1.5 years. Interesting.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I'll never quite understand the mindset of obsessing over isolated quantities like taxes, rather than the overall picture of opportunity/income/cost-of-living/services/amenities/lifestyle. I suspect the tax obsession is ultimately driven more by political hang-ups than by practical considerations.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Are we trying to out-decline Detroit or something?
Ah yes, the completely-irrational-yet-somehow-inevitable Detroit comparison. It's like a special local variation on Godwin's Law.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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11.25% sales tax downtown? I never paid attention to my bill when I went there. I see a lot of people talking about Illinois income tax, but Michigan is a flat 4.35% and a flat 6% sales tax with no tax on food. I also see why gas was so much more than Indiana too.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:16 AM
 
Location: NYC and Chicago
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11.25% sales tax downtown? I never paid attention to my bill when I went there. I see a lot of people talking about Illinois income tax, but Michigan is a flat 4.35% and a flat 6% sales tax with no tax on food. I also see why gas was so much more than Indiana too.
There's no difference between sales tax downtown vs. any other neighborhood in Chicago. It's 9.75% (County + City) after everything unless it's on medicine or food, then it's 2.25% no matter where you go. Maybe you/whoever is thinking of restaurant tax instead of sales tax. I think restaurant tax is somewhere around there.
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