1. GinOkami428

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    According to a recent article on Chicago's local CBS website, Sony PlayStation users with a billing address in Chicago will soon have to comply to the city's 9% "Amusement Tax" fee. The tax, which was established in 2015, is on any form of "amusement". The tax affects concerts, sporting events and even theme parks. The same tax has been applied to streaming entertainment services such as Netflix, Pandora, and Spotify; and starting on November 14, PlayStation users in the Chicago area will have to pay the same 9% tax fee charged by other entertainment providers. More information and the article can be found here: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/11/08/video-gaming-tax-chicago/ .
     
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    This whole thing sounds ridiculous.
     
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    This is seriously taking the piss with things:rofl2: Guess they should charge cloud-watching too since it's a form of entertainment! What's next? A "happiness" tax having to pay if you are happy? Seriously people, what is wrong with the US?
     
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    They bitched about their soda tax, and got it removed. I wonder if they'll do the same about this.
     
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    If they don't, this might be the start of a new trend imo.
     
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    taxation is theft
     
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    wow, even amusement aint free, but breathing is okay?
     
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    No, it is not free; this is why I get cheap laughs before the pay-per-laugh tax is initiated.

    As for breathing, the US sells a variety of inhalers, so between asthma and COPD, it's just a matter of time before you have to pay up.
     
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    "how about we take money from people cause theyre having fun on our territory"
    "good idea haha"
     
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    Chicago sounds like a hellhole.
     
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    inb4 breathing tax
     
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    well just look at who their mayor is , is it really any wonder, one of those people imposed soda taxes on NYC residents too when they were in office

    and do they really think this is going to help chiraq's violence problems by making it harder and more expensive for the yoofs to sit at home and be occupied playing vidya and watching movies and listening to music rather than be out on the streets gang bangin
    it's almost as if they are trying to make things worse for everyone else on purpose
     
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    I set up a checking account with Capital One 360, and they didn't ask for a copy of my ID nor did they do any sort of address verification, so there are plenty of ways to bypass this by opening a bank account with a non-Chicago address.
     
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    Um...what? Taxes on fun now? This sounds completely crazy.
     
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    In principle I have lived with variable taxes for different things my entire life and it is fairly normal.

    However this I have to wonder at being some kind of softly softly backdoor "sin tax" -- don't know about Chicago/Illinois but watching the various fun and games in the US over the years and how clueless politicians try to respond...

    As for the sugary drinks tax sounds more like poor execution as opposed to something doomed to failure from the outset. If you only make it a short distance for people to travel then of course people will only do the short distance. Granted with the general geography of Illinois that might be easier said than done.
     
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    but not xbox/Nintendo/pc users?
     
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    I personally think those affected by this should shit in envelopes and post them directly to who ever authorized this shit in the first place.
     
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    How could you forget about paying "Happiness" tax for piracy and torrents? XD
     
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    California wants to implement a text message tax too. Government ruins everything.
     
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