I’m not quite sure why I never heard of this law before today, but apparently in the liberal utopia known as Chicago, Illinois, exists something known as “The Amusement Tax.” Officially passed into law in 2015, the bill forces Chicago-based business “owners, managers, operators of amusements or places where amusements are conducted to collect tax from patrons for witnessing or participating in amusements.” Now, if this sounds absolutely ridiculous or absurd to you, that’s because it is. But with that established, as of 2018, this same law has already added over $12 million dollars to Chicago’s annual budget – something particularly important for a city that is currently over $30 billion dollars in debt.
Now lumped in with a group of online “streamers” such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and others, all PlayStation 4 subscribers living in Chicago, Illinois, including customers of PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Music – et cetera – will now be required to pay a 9% tax on all their subscriptions. According to a press release to its customers last month, the charges officially went into place for the first time on November 14th 2018. However, it is important to note that the tax itself is specifically related to streaming services, meaning that individual PlayStation games themselves will not be subjected to the 9% tax.
Press Release from Sony 11/14/2018:
Full Text of Chicago’s Electronic Amusement Tax Bill:AmusementTaxRuling_5_06_09_2015