City Wants StubHub To Collect Amusement Tax

Case Now Before Illinois Supreme Court

CHICAGO (WBBM) — A popular online ticket marketplace is under fire from the City of Chicago, which says it should be collecting amusement tax.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, the city says StubHub should be responsible for collecting the tax, which is a percentage of the total sale.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports

StubHub attorney Tim Bishop, however, told the Illinois Supreme Court that the company provides cities across the country with customer information, and Chicago just hasn’t asked for it.

“The General Assembly provided the city in the Ticket Act with the tools to collect the revenue,” Bishop said. “Rather than litigating this case for years, Chicago could have been collecting the tax.”

Attorneys for the city say it’s impossible to pour through hundreds of thousands of documents to determine what’s owed. He also says the Ticket Act only concerns ticket scalping, and not online resale.

It is not clear when the Supreme Court will rule on the case.

  • t

    Isn’t tax collected on the original sale?

  • Jim

    Don’t the tickets get taxed when they are originally purchased? If that is the case then they would be double taxing the same item.

  • Austin

    The American government taxes your dollar when you earn it, and again when you spend it.

    Fix that fundamental flaw before worrying too much about the piddly local stuff.

  • Nancy

    Last time I bought tickets on line I paid taxes………..and now Chicago wants more taxes. If you drive to the event you have tickets for in Chicago you get nailed with steep parking prices (which also includes a Chicago tax). It has gotten to the point that the taxes are almost as much as the actual price of a ticket for the event. Going to get to the point that only the rich will be able to see anything in Chicago

  • Mike

    Chicago has to support all the blacks and browns that don’t pay taxes.

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