WBEZ | sales tax http://www.wbez.org/tags/sales-tax Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks tax hikes http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-12/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-talks-tax-hikes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/preckwinkle wbez file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On January 1, residents of Cook County will start paying more in sales tax. The increase was the brainchild of <a href="https://twitter.com/cookcountyboard">Cook County Board</a> President <a href="https://twitter.com/tonipreckwinkle">Toni Preckwinkle</a>, who says the move is necessary to raise about $500 million a year. Now, she says the county is faced with another choice: Either cut 200 jobs, or raise the hotel tax to raise another $20 million.</p><p>Preckwinkle joins us to talk through that proposal and the financial outlook for the county.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-12/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-talks-tax-hikes Attention downtown diners: 11.25 percent sales tax coming in 2016 http://www.wbez.org/news/attention-downtown-diners-1125-percent-sales-tax-coming-2016-112429 <p><p>Ever noticed grabbing a burger in Logan Square is just a bit cheaper than in Lakeview?</p><p>It&rsquo;s because of a little-known sales tax called the &ldquo;McPier tax,&rdquo; that hits a certain segment of the Chicago restaurant scene. Food and beverage purchases in and around the downtown area are taxed an additional 1 percent, which goes to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the group that owns and manages Navy Pier and McCormick Place.</p><p>And next year, the overall sales tax in that zone will grow another percentage point.</p><p>Last week, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-board-approves-tax-hike-sought-board-president-112397">Cook County board </a>narrowly approved a one-percentage-point tax hike, which will bring the sales tax in Chicago to 10.25 percent, one of the nation&rsquo;s highest. The proposal was introduced by Board President Toni Preckwinkle to help pay into the county&rsquo;s underfunded pensions. Nine board members approved the increase, which will kick in on January 1, 2016.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mcpiermap.jpg" style="height: 682px; width: 340px; float: left;" title="The boundaries of the so-called 'McPier tax' area. (Courtesy Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority)" />For restaurant patrons that dine south of Diversey Parkway, north of the Stevenson Expressway, east of Ashland Avenue and west of Lake Michigan, the Cook County proposal means an 11.25 percent sales tax will be added to their tab in 2016. <a href="http://tax.illinois.gov/Businesses/TaxInformation/Sales/mpea.htm">The McPier tax</a> affects all food and beverage purchases prepared for &ldquo;immediate consumption,&rdquo; and that includes soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. A spokeswoman for MPEA said all money collected through that tax &ldquo;pay the debt service for MPEA Expansion projects.&rdquo;</p><p>John Corry, general manager of Lincoln Park restaurant <a href="http://www.maevechicago.com/">Maeve,</a> said he isn&rsquo;t against taxes in general, but he has a problem with how far north the McPier zone extends.</p><p>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s coming to Maeve because somebody has a business meeting by Navy Pier or at McCormick Place?&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;No one is coming [from] these two places, but we&rsquo;re in that tax zone.&rdquo;</p><p>Corry said he&rsquo;d also like to see Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field included in that zone, since tourists at Navy Pier or visitors to McCormick Place likely stop by the ballparks for games while they&rsquo;re in town. &nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Preckwinkle has said that she may reevaluate the county tax hike if Springfield passes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/preckwinkle-gets-her-pension-plan-past-senate-stops-short-calling-higher-taxes-110240">her pension reform bill</a>.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Chicago politics reporter. Follow her </em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p><p><em></em><em>Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the neighborhood Maeve is located in. The restaurant is in Lincoln Park.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/attention-downtown-diners-1125-percent-sales-tax-coming-2016-112429 Morning Shift: July 16, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/morning-shift-july-16-2015-112406 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215013132&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The Cook County board approved a 1 percentage point sales tax hike that goes into effect January 1...and many businesses and governments near the county line fear they&#39;ll lose out to adjoining counties. A South Side art gallery has gained global attention for a controversial installation about Ferguson. 20 years after the deadly heat wave that killed more than 700 people in Chicago, system changes and safeguards have been put into place to try to avoid a future disaster. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams released their debut album.</span></p></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/morning-shift-july-16-2015-112406 Cook County Board approves sales tax hike http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/cook-county-board-approves-sales-tax-hike-112404 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sales tax Perspecsys Photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215012189&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The Cook County Board has approved a 1 percentage point sales tax hike in order to keep up with pension payments. Some are calling it the &quot;Toni tax&quot; after board president Toni Preckwinkle. Many businesses and civic leaders across the northwest suburbs in areas close to Lake, Kane, McHenry and DuPage counties are against the increase. They&#39;re concerned that shoppers will simply head over the county line to save money. Elk Grove Village did an analysis that showed it would lose a massive chunk of change if the sales tax increased. We speak with Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/cook-county-board-approves-sales-tax-hike-112404 Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle explains her sales tax plan http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-01/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-explains-her-sales <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/WBEZ_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212812608&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 22px;">It&rsquo;s not just the state and Chicago Public Schools that are in dire financial straits. Cook County is also facing the burden of unfunded pensions. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle originally campaigned against a controversial sales tax hike that contributed to her predecessor&rsquo;s re-election loss, but now she says it&rsquo;s a necessary move. We talk to President Preckwinkle about the tax and if she thinks it will pass at Wednesday&rsquo;s Cook County Board meeting.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests: </strong><a href="https://twitter.com/tonipreckwinkle">Tony Preckwinkle</a> is the President of the Cook County Board</p></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-01/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-explains-her-sales 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