Those of you that live in Chicago may want to scrunch up your eyes and cover your ears, because you’re about to get hit with a nine per cent tax charge on any PlayStation services you subscribe to. This – a part of the state’s controversial Amusement Tax initiative – will add additional cost to PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Music, and various PlayStation Video rentals.
As of now, the tax does not affect the sale of video games, so you’ll be able to freely purchase software from the PlayStation Store at no additional charge. The scheme is set to go into effect from 14th November, and will also hit other subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify, although some organisations are taking Chicago to court over it. For now, though, prepare to pay more.
[source cityofchicago.org, via twitter.com, usgamer.net]
Maybe it's because I'm English but it always seems weird to me that different states have their own laws.
@AdamNovice It's because even though we have a President each state has a governor to handle to state.
Isn't this double-taxation though "which is against federal law"?
So you get taxed for sales tax now AND and additional 10% "Amusement Tax"? What utter BS...
The state law and governance systems in USA are plain stupid. That kind of crap wouldn't get through a budget over here. 'stealth tax' nonsense.
@AdamNovice It kind of like the EU numerous state under one federal government, I think your country just started brexit because delusional people think the EU wants to control all the Law (when the do not). Well that’s why the US federal allows states own control over laws could you imagine usexit 😂 ...
@Mince EU doesn't touch tax, we just send boat loads of cash via the government direct.
Just another reason I'd never want to live in Chicago.
There are many reasons to not live in Chicago, this is just another one on top of a mountain of them.
Ugh, I hope that doesn't happen here in Wisconsin.
I already got an email from Humble Bundle a month ago saying due to a new law in WI, I have to pay sales tax on my Humble Monthly subscription.
@AdamNovice @Tasuki It seems like this is Chicago only though. Unless I'm missing something.
@mince No need to bring Brexit into it, especially if you think that's the only we're leaving.
I live in new york the greatest city ever.so I'm good haha.word up son
@playstation1995 Did you not get the email last week about taxes starting last Friday? I started a forum thread about it but @Tasuki shut it down b/c he said it was too political and Sony doesn't have any control over taxes. Sammy was nice enough to open it back again, he must have known this article was coming. You knew I couldn't just let it go @get2sammyb
Hers' the thread.
Here's the letter from PlayStation I'm surprised you didn't get as I'm in New York.
@TowaHerschel7 Check again double taxitation is collecting the same tax again not having two different taxes applied
For example You buy a shirt at Walmart and pay sales tax on it. You the give the shirt to a Thrift Store when they sell it they don't collect sales tax on it
Since these are two different taxes Sales and then amusement they is no double taxitation going on.
@AdamNovice @Mince No need to bring up Briexit that's not what this article is about. So please let's not derail it.
@AdamNovice Even to me it's weird 😝
(Good thing I'm not from Chicago)
@AdamNovice and yet every council in England tax is the same value property at a different rate.
"Amusement tax" lol. That's a good one.
@AdamNovice who said only reason? you? Anyway really not looking for a brexit derail was just using it to further an example of what can happen..under a federalesqe goverment.
@jswhitfield8 I would guess that opens you up to potential legal issues in your state. If your living in the US anyway.
I think you have to declare tax out there sometimes as well
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi Dont listen to much to your goverment they use the EU as a easy scapegoat. 😁
@Flaming_Kaiser neither do most brits, they're completely useless
The United States of America is just that...a conglomerate of individual states that comprise a nation, governed by the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government established by it (Executive/Legislative/Judicial). The states, each with their own state constitutions, are free to govern as the people of that state decide through the electoral process. Elected state officials make the state laws such as taxes, unless it changes the state's constitution. Any change to the state's constitution requires a vote of the people, with a majority required.
States are comprised of counties (parishes if you live in Louisiana), which contain cities. Counties have commissioners that answer to the state government. Cities also answer to the state, but they have their own government that generate taxes through taxes and other means.
This is very high level and basic. The whole thing is convoluted, but if you live in the U.S., you know your federal tax rate, your state income tax/property tax/or both and your city's taxes.
The major caveat to all of this is that the states and their sub-governments laws/ordinances can't violate Federal law or the U.S. Constitution.
@roe It amuses the politicians who wrote the law and collect the tax b/c they don't game. 😂
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi and you get even more back
Wow 9%? That's kinda nuts. I grew up around Chicago and love that city but dang....
They’ll be taxing the air we breathe before too long.
@DrClayman Very good. You’re hired.
@Tasuki I see, thanks for the informative response!
@AdamNovice I’m American and I’ve always felt that state laws have done more harm than good.
Malaysia is getting it coming 2020 too....
I think many post address will change on the PS store, netflix, etc... I know I would change it.
@AdamNovice It's just another scam these politicians use to get more money out of the poor working class.
Hopefully you can still change your home address or location to bypass the sales tax.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi Nice to agree on something. 😁
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