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Cook County Taxes: How High Can They Go?

  • Oct 20, 2015 | Gail Cole

 How high can Chicago's taxes go?

Cook County, Illinois, sales tax will increase from 0.75% to 1.75% on January 1, 2016. At that point, Chicago residents will pay one of the highest rates in the country, at 10.25%. It may be good for fiscal health, but it’s hardly the kind of thing that gets touted in tourist literature.

Now Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed more new transition taxes. She would like to extend the county’s 3% amusement tax to several activities currently exempt from the county tax, such as bowling and golf. Cable television services would also be subject to the 3% tax.

If approved, the combined rate of amusement tax on these activities would be 12% in Chicago, which already imposes a tax of 9% on charges paid for places where amusements are conducted (5% for certain live theatrical, musical, or cultural performances). Additional information about the FY 2016 Executive Budget is available here.

Owners of bowling alleys and golf courses have expressed dismay at the news, and Comcast issued a statement against it.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.