Chicago soft drink and candy taxes

Chicago has ridiculous taxes already. I don't know the exact numbers for its current tax situation, but back in '09, the city had a tax rate of around 10.25% for general merchandise. So if you bought $100 worth of clothes at the North Face store on Michigan Ave, you'd pay $110. And if you and your significant other got two 20-course meals at Alinea, you'd end up paying minimum $40 in taxes, not including wine (of course, if you can afford Alinea, you probably don't care that much about the taxes). Thankfully, for pre-'09 sugar-dependent residents of Chicago, candy and soft drink taxes were always taxed at the grocery rate of about 2.25% in the city.

NOT ANYMORE. Now if you want to buy a $1.00 Hershey's Bar, it costs you $1.10 as opposed to $1.02. YEAH. You heard me. 10% TAX ON YOUR CANDY. Also, 10% tax on your 7-Up. And Coke. And Sunkist. But, if you're a Twix lover, no worries. Your candy has flour in it, so it doesn't count under the candy tax. You only have to pay $1.02 while your poor Hershey's-loving friend has to pay almost 10 cents more! You can buy 11 Twix for your friend's 10 Baby Ruths!

Doesn't living in the city look like so much fun?

(via Redeye)


Post a Comment