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Chicago sued over ‘amusement tax’ on streaming services Netflix, Spotify

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The non-profit Liberty Justice Center filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Wednesday claiming the city had no authority to impose the tax, approved in June, which is expected to result in bill hikes for thousands of Chicagoans.The suit argues the city Finance Department’s decision is illegal, and the comptroller “exceeded his authority.” Specifically, the suit claims the tax was slipped in using a creative interpretation of an old municipal code. Instead of passing a new tax, the city extended Chicago’s existing “amusement tax” to include paid subscriptions for streamed digital music, TV shows and games. – Fox News