County Wants To Impose Tax On Craigslist Car Purchases

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County budget that is up for a vote Friday includes a first-ever county tax on cars and boats bought through sites such as Craigslist.

But as WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the plan comes as a surprise to the state office that would be playing a key role.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

Currently, the county does not impose a tax on transactions through Craigslist, or between neighbors, involving cars, boats, RVs and trailers.

But County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says a new 1 percent tax on such transactions would raise $8.5 million.

Preckwinkle would have the county tax collected when the title is transferred.

Titles are transferred at the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

But Secretary of State’s office spokesman Dave Druker says Preckwinkle’s plans come as a surprise.

“There haven’t been any specific discussions that I’m aware of with Cook County, in terms of doing this,” he said.

A spokesman for Preckwinkle says the county wouldn’t start collecting the tax until April, so he says there’s time to work out a system with the state.

  • County Board Set To Vote On Preckwinkle’s Budget « CBS Chicago

    […] Another proposed tax would take a bite out of car or boat buyers who use sites such as Craigslist, or even purchase their cars from a neighbor. All of those buyers would be subject to a 1 percent title transfer tax, which the county says would raise $8.5 million in revenue. […]

  • Border Agent 69

    What about all the ILLEGAL car sales being done by the Hispanics that are once again AVOIDING TAXES in Brighton Park,McKinley Park,Pilsen,ETC.On any given day you could drive throw these areas and spot hundreds of cars for sale and a majority are from the same guy you could drive 47th street from Cicero ave to Halsted and see a couple dozen not mention Archer Ave,Kedzie,California etc.

    Why is it the city doesn’t enforce business and license from ILLEGAL immigrants selling food,cars,socks,candy and other items on the street’s of Chicago and not to mention going after them for trades licenses but they will go after everyone else.

    All the city has to do is send their building inspectors over to home depot on 47th and Western and watch these people are purchasing and follow them to there job site and come back a few hrs later and busted them for not having permits or license I watch them everyday buying electrical and plumbing material and they’re buying all the wrong material for the job they’re trying to do.GET SOME BALLS Chicago and start going after these ILLEGAL operations and tax evasion.And if anybody wants to deny this I have hundreds of pictures to prove it.

  • Sho Way To Get Mo Tax Moniez

    Tax the blood spilled on the streets of Chicago and Crook County.

  • KMA

    We have to stop electing politians that want to nickle and dime you with taxes etc. I cannot wait to move out of Illinois.

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  • Average Guy

    This corrupt government is God awful. They want to tax everything. I’m so sick of being nickled and dimed to death by them. Parking tickets, red light tickets, certificates, licenses, tolls, taxes on everything. STOP! I just want to support my family. Pay rent and utilities, buy food, stuff like that. I’m not trying to get rich, cheat the system or whatever other sinister motive the government thinks I have. I’m just trying to live my life. I don’t have any more money to give. I really hope we have a violant revolution that destroys all elites and politicians.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

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  • kidd

    Average Guy:
    I hope you didn’t stay home during the last couple of election cycles and if you didn’t, I hope you didn’t vote for any of these tax and spend liberals.

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