WBEZ | sales tax http://www.wbez.org/tags/sales-tax Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Preckwinkle: Emanuel's 'luxury' tax plan not going anywhere http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-emanuels-luxury-tax-plan-not-going-anywhere-84462 <p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services is going nowhere. Chicago's mayor-elect has said he wants to broaden the sales tax to cover what he called "luxury" services, while lowering the tax rate.<br> <br> With Emanuel at her side, Preckwinkle said she likes the concept, but believes the Illinois General Assembly is unlikely to act.<br> <br> "My understanding from my conversations with the people in Springfield is that the legislature there is sort of done on the tax issue," Preckwinkle said. "And having raised taxes on individuals and businesses at the beginning of this year, that's all that anyone can expect coming out of Springfield."<br> <br> Preckwinkle was asked about the tax proposal at a joint press conference Tuesday morning with the mayor-elect. They announced a new committee tasked with looking at ways to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/merge-or-not-merge-services-emanuel-and-preckwinkle-ask-committee-84445">merge some government services</a>.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-emanuels-luxury-tax-plan-not-going-anywhere-84462 Cook County Board rolls back controversial sales tax increase http://www.wbez.org/story/news/economy/cook-county-board-rolls-back-tax-increase <p><p>In a surprise move, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted today to roll back a controversial sales tax increase.</p><p>At the start of her term, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle had pledged to roll back the sales tax by a quarter of a percent in 2012 and another quarter of a percent in 2013.&nbsp;Today, she made good on that promise.</p><p>The county board voted 12 to 5 to pass the plan.&nbsp;But the vote came as surprise to some including Commissioner William Beavers of the county's 4th district.</p><p>&quot;To tell you the truth, when I looked up, I didn't even know if I was even notified that it was going to be a county board meeting,&quot; Beavers said.</p><p>Beavers was one of the 5 who voted against the roll back.&nbsp;The move comes as the board considers Preckwinkle's budget proposal which could result in layoffs and mandatory furlough days.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/economy/cook-county-board-rolls-back-tax-increase Chico trying to score off Emanuel tax proposal http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/chico-still-trying-score-emanuel-tax-proposal <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ChicoDebate_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico keeps trying to get mileage out of rival Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services. The former school board head has been holding press conferences to highlight services he says could be taxed if Emanuel's plan becomes law. On Monday, Chico picked a health club.</p><p>&quot;Rahm Emanuel's insensitive plan hits neighborhood gyms with a new 9-percent service tax,&quot; Chico said.</p><p>Emanuel's campaign says that's just not true. Health club memberships would not be taxed, he said, but high-brow private club memberships would be, along with other &quot;luxury goods.&quot;</p><p>Chico says this confusion underscores the on-the-fly nature of Emanuel's plan.</p><p>&quot;It's like a Rorschach test,&quot; he said. &quot;It changes every day you look at it.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's campaign has declined to provide a complete list of what services he'd liked to see taxed. Spokesman Ben LaBolt said that is because such details would fall to the Illinois General Assembly, but he said Emanuel would not support a tax increase on anything used by those he called &quot;working families.&quot; And the money raised by taxing luxury items, LaBolt said, would allow for everything else to be taxed a bit less.</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 04:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/chico-still-trying-score-emanuel-tax-proposal New tax amnesty program targets online shoppers http://www.wbez.org/story/amnesty-program/new-tax-amnesty-program-targets-online-shoppers <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/online shopping.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->The Illinois General Assembly wants shoppers to know they are not exempt from paying Illinois sales tax when they shop online. Starting Jan. 1 a new amnesty program will allow customers to pay sales taxes on past online purchases without penalty.</p><div>Mike Clemons is a spokesman for the Department of Revenue. He said the program is one way to educate customers but it falls short of necessary reform.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The only way to run an efficient and effective system is for a federal law change that says, &lsquo;Amazon.com and other internet online retailers: When you sell to a customer in Illinois you have to charge tax, collect it from the customer and send it to the Department of Revenue,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Clemons said those who take advantage of the amnesty will avoid penalties of 20 percent, plus interest on taxes owed. Research by the Illinois Department of Revenue shows losses of up to $150 million a year in revenue from internet commerce.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The amnesty program is part of a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. The amnesty applies to online purchases made between 2004 and 2010.</div></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/amnesty-program/new-tax-amnesty-program-targets-online-shoppers Toni Preckwinkle wants to cut Cook County sales tax http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-president/toni-preckwinkle-sworn-cook-county-board-president <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/toni p.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Toni Preckwinkle is now officially the first elected female to serve as Cook County Board President. She took the oath of office this morning.</p><p>A lot of the ceremony was back-slapping and smiles, but in her inaugural address, Preckwinkle addressed some policies she wants to adopt. At the top of the list is the sales tax, which proved to be politically toxic for her predecessor, Todd Stroger.</p><p>&quot;Today I pledge that the 2011 budget will include a commitment to reduce the sales tax by a quarter of a percent in 2012 and a quarter of a percent in 2013,&quot;&nbsp;Preckwinkle said.</p><p>Preckwinkle says cutting the sales tax means the county faces a $487 million budget hole. She's asking departments like the sheriff and the clerk's offices to cut 21 percent from their budgets.</p><p>Preckwinkle also vowed to make the hiring process more transparent. Three new county board commissioners were also sworn in during the ceremony.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-president/toni-preckwinkle-sworn-cook-county-board-president