Now with Extended Graft!

The city of Chicago wants 8 percent of the take when you rent a car, even if you’re not in Chicago when you rent it:

Enterprise Rent-a-Car has filed a lawsuit challenging the Daley administration’s effort to collect the tax from drivers who rent cars in the suburbs.

The suit was filed last week in Kane County after an administrative ruling by the city’s Department of Revenue that City Hall will “presume” that all car rentals in the six-county area are subject to Chicago’s 8 percent transaction tax.

To be excused from the tax, the city is requiring rental companies to photocopy customers’ driver’s licenses and obtain a sworn statement from customers that they won’t be spending more than 50 percent of their time driving in Chicago during the rental period. Without that, the city is demanding the companies collect the tax and turn the money over to the city.

The next step, inevitably, is to tax all foreigners living abroad.

In the meantime, you might want to think about picking up your rental car in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Daley’s storm troopers presumably have no clout.







6 comments

  1. McGehee »

    25 February 2009 · 3:02 pm

    Unfortunately I’m not in a position to cancel my plans to travel to Chicagoland.

    First I’d need to make some.

  2. fillyjonk »

    25 February 2009 · 3:04 pm

    “To be excused from the tax, the city is requiring rental companies to photocopy customers’ driver’s licenses and obtain a sworn statement from customers that they won’t be spending more than 50 percent of their time driving in Chicago during the rental period. Without that, the city is demanding the companies collect the tax and turn the money over to the city.”

    Well, I suppose it COULD be worse…they could take the 8% up front, then have a bunch of forms you’d have to file, with documentation and notarization, proving you were not subject to the tax, and then have you wait on your refund. Which, given the history of the USPS in Chicago, could “conveniently” get lost in the mail…

  3. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    25 February 2009 · 3:26 pm

    This reminds of years agao when they started the “Regional Transit Authority” for Chicago and the collar counties. Yup, I lived in a collar county and was taxed to pay for mass transit for the entire region. However, I had to drive 20 miles to get to a bus. Wheeee.

    Nice to know that Chicago hasn’t changed in 26 years.

  4. Tatyana »

    25 February 2009 · 5:46 pm

    FJ: shshshshsh!!!

  5. happyfeet »

    25 February 2009 · 5:49 pm

    Not going to Chicago is always better than going to Chicago I think. Also the Olympics are gay. Chicago a lot deserves the Olympics I think but even more I think the Olympics deserve Chicago.

  6. fillyjonk »

    25 February 2009 · 6:43 pm

    frankly, I can’t believe any city WANTING the olympics*. I fear that if they come to Dallas, all my old “friends” (who have not so much as sent me a Christmas card in the intervening 10-15 years) will look me up and strongly hint that I let them bunk with me so they can go see the games.

    (*but then again, I hate crowds, I’m not a sports fan, and it ticks me off when merchants spike up prices on stuff ‘cos they know the out-of-towners are coming.)

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