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Rent car in suburbs, pay Chicago?
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 24, 2009 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Posted on 02/24/2009 6:48:39 AM PST by KeyLargo

Rent car in suburbs, pay Chicago?

8% TAX | Enterprise sues city over attempt to force collection

February 24, 2009

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

How would you like to rent a car in Waukegan or St. Charles, only to be slapped with the 8 percent "transaction tax" that applies to Chicago car rentals?

Brace yourself. With a burgeoning $50.5 million budget gap, Chicago is reaching into suburban pockets. And Enterprise Rent-a-Car has filed a lawsuit challenging the Daley administration's effort to collect the tax from drivers who rent cars in the suburbs. » Click to enlarge image Enterprise Rent-a-Car has filed a lawsuit challenging the Chicago's effort to collect an 8 percent tax from drivers who rent cars in the suburbs.

The suit was filed last week in Kane County after an administrative ruling by the city's Department of Revenue that City Hall will "presume" that all car rentals in the six-county area are subject to Chicago's 8 percent transaction tax.

To be excused from the tax, the city is requiring rental companies to photocopy customers' driver's licenses and obtain a sworn statement from customers that they won't be spending more than 50 percent of their time driving in Chicago during the rental period. Without that, the city is demanding the companies collect the tax and turn the money over to the city. Audits will be conducted. At least one is already under way.

Enterprise is asking a judge to declare the city's action unconstitutional.

"Can you imagine if all municipalities did that?" said Stan Kaminski, an attorney for Enterprise. "We feel it's an intrusion of privacy to ask for a copy of the driver's license and a sworn affidavit signed under penalty of perjury on where they might hypothetically use the vehicle."

Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department, said the tax applies to rentals outside the city "when the vehicles will primarily be used in Chicago."

"We're not asking them to impose the city's tax on all of their transactions," Hoyle said. "We have provided them with an affidavit for their customers to fill out so they can determine whether or not the tax applies."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; chicagocorruption; constitution; cultureofcorruption; daley; revenue; suburbs; taxes

1 posted on 02/24/2009 6:48:39 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I hope I live long enough to see these thugs in Chicago go to prison.


2 posted on 02/24/2009 6:50:22 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: KeyLargo
Department of Revenue that City Hall will "presume"

Let them 'presume' to kiss my a**.

L

3 posted on 02/24/2009 6:50:33 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: KeyLargo
Socialism works...until you run out of other people's money.
4 posted on 02/24/2009 6:50:59 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

U-tube
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley: Rant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ashM23pslk


5 posted on 02/24/2009 6:56:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

They don’t call it Crook County for nothin’.


6 posted on 02/24/2009 6:56:08 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: KeyLargo

Attending a recent funeral in the Phil suburbs, I rented a a car from Enterprise in Delaware County instead of the airport. The rate was approximately 1/2 of the airport rate.

It would have been 380 a week at the airport, and it was only 180 ten miles away in Springfield township.


7 posted on 02/24/2009 6:57:38 AM PST by babygene (It seems that stupidity is the most abundant element in the universe)
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To: KeyLargo

If the rental place isn’t IN Chicago, NO CHICAGO TAX!!!

That would take away the comsumer’s choice to seek out lower prices driven by lower taxes.

When we rented a car on our last trip to Dallas, we drove close to 25 miles to GARLAND (a Dallas suburb) to get the best deal around - far away from the airport and tourist areas.


8 posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:15 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: KeyLargo

What the heck kind of story title is this????


9 posted on 02/24/2009 6:59:30 AM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: RebelTXRose

A good trick is to locate a large auto body shop, and you will find the best rental deal available. So when traveling, go to the yellow pages, find a repair shop, and give them a call. Most have rental counters in-house.


10 posted on 02/24/2009 7:01:44 AM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: KeyLargo

Why don’t these rural counties turn around and charge a toll on all roads leading OUT of the city to pay for roads city people drive on?

Also a trucker toll leading INTO the cities, after all, truckloads of heavy freight going into the city to keep their shelves stocked knock the heck out of rural roads.

Better yet, just have surrounding counties build a very high razor wired electric fence all around Chicago and keep all the inmates in.


11 posted on 02/24/2009 7:03:44 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: devane617

“A good trick is to locate a large auto body shop, and you will find the best rental deal available. So when traveling, go to the yellow pages, find a repair shop, and give them a call. Most have rental counters in-house.”

I will have to try that.


12 posted on 02/24/2009 7:04:16 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

When I lived in Manhattan, I used to take the train out of town in the direction of my destination to rent cars all of the time. Most often in Connecticut.


13 posted on 02/24/2009 7:07:11 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: KeyLargo
"I will have to try that.'

Just remember that most body shop courtesy cars are fixed up wrecks with new paint. Don't be suprized when you get the feeling while driving it that the rear wheels are trying to pass the front ones.

14 posted on 02/24/2009 7:07:48 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: KeyLargo

Taxation without representation.


15 posted on 02/24/2009 7:11:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Mr. President, Why am I being punished with a bailout?)
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To: KeyLargo

Wasn’t taxation without representation an issue in this country once before?


16 posted on 02/24/2009 7:12:31 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: KeyLargo

Chicago loves their Dick Daley. And they get it.....................


17 posted on 02/24/2009 7:15:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Zimbabwe has removed 12 zeroes from its currency. We need to remove ONE from the White House......)
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To: KeyLargo

How is Chicago even aware of a rental that takes place at a rental counter outside of the city? And how does Chicago have the power to tax a rental on the basis that the vehicle is being driven in the city?


18 posted on 02/24/2009 7:30:42 AM PST by RonF
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To: RonF

This is done in St. Louis, on the pretense that all car rentals are associated with the airport. I’m unaware if it applies to St. Clair and Madison counties in ILL or St. Charles and Jefferson in MO.


19 posted on 02/24/2009 7:34:43 AM PST by steve8714 (How do you know your tattoo doesn't read "I love Mangina" in Chinese?)
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To: mgc1122
The Chicago Way, now all of this bliss can be spread throughout the entire country. We are very lucky to have a President from there to show us the way.
20 posted on 02/24/2009 7:38:27 AM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: KeyLargo

“Audits will be conducted. At least one is already under way. “

Under what legal pretense do they audit a company outside the City Limits?


21 posted on 02/24/2009 7:47:20 AM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: mgc1122

I heard someone on WLS this morning say that he would be in favor of it if people in the suburbs would be allowed to vote in the city of Chicago’s mayoral race.


22 posted on 02/24/2009 7:51:32 AM PST by kickonly88
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To: KrisKrinkle

“Under what legal pretense do they audit a company outside the City Limits?”

Legal pretense? Chicago? ROFL!!


23 posted on 02/24/2009 7:53:28 AM PST by ScottinVA (Make my world PURRRFECT, Lord Obama!)
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To: ScottinVA

Don’t they usually pretend what they are doing is legal? :)


24 posted on 02/24/2009 7:57:02 AM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: KeyLargo
And to think, the Crook County Chicago Machine now RUNS THE COUNTRY! WITH $1,000,000,000,000.00+ in "Stimulus" money to steal!


25 posted on 02/24/2009 8:22:13 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: KeyLargo
Chicago is reaching into suburban pockets

Chicago is reaching into pockets in all directions to the state line, just like it always has under Mayor Daley 1 and Mayor Daley 2.

Unarmed peasants of Illinois are expected to pay the mayor's tithe yet their vote does not count.

Chicago patronage, the worst form of government.

26 posted on 02/24/2009 8:39:31 AM PST by TYVets
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To: steve8714

So when I rented a car in Countryside to drive to Downers Grove because my car was in the shop at Berwyn, Chicago thinks I should have to prove all this to them to keep from paying taxes to them? Who the F does Dick Daley think he is? And why in God’s name would anyone else in government go along with this?


27 posted on 02/24/2009 9:06:12 AM PST by RonF
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To: steve8714

I’m still trying to figure out how Chicago gets their hands on the records of non-Chicago rentals.


28 posted on 02/24/2009 9:07:19 AM PST by RonF
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To: Nathan Zachary
Better yet, just have surrounding counties build a very high razor wired electric fence all around Chicago and keep all the inmates in.


Remember the old Ernest Borgnine movie?

29 posted on 02/24/2009 9:33:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: KeyLargo

They already have toll booths every five feet up there.


30 posted on 02/24/2009 11:39:32 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Nathan Zachary

I think so too. The suburbs should fight back. Nothing should go in or out of chicago without a toll tax paid to the suburbs, with each suburb charging it’s own tax. I would love it. Teach this petty dictator a lesson


31 posted on 02/24/2009 4:51:39 PM PST by virgil
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To: RonF

Enterprise doesn’t need to sue. They should refuse to charge the tax.

I researched the city budget and found that according to the budget estimates, on the city government website, the city has many city sales taxes. Some of them can be avoided, by conducting business in other towns. These taxes are the automatic amusement device tax, cigarette tax, employers’ expense tax, home rule municipal retailers’ occupation tax, hotel accommodation tax, liquor tax, motor fuel tax, motor vehicle lessor tax, municipal automobile renting occupation tax, municipal automobile renting use tax, municipal hotel operators’ occupation tax, off-track betting tax and admission fee, parking tax, personal property lease transaction tax, restaurant and other places for eating tax, soft drink tax, and vehicle fuel tax. If you think that the city government receives enough of your money, please conduct more business, in other towns.


32 posted on 02/26/2009 2:09:59 PM PST by PhilCollins
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