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.