Apple settles lawsuit against Chicago over city’s streaming services tax

Apple and Chicago have come to terms on a settlement deal to drop the company’s lawsuit challenging the city’s controversial tax on users of streaming services.

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Winston Cho for The Hollywood Reporter:

In an order issued on Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Duffy dismissed the case. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

Chicago introduced a so-called “Netflix tax” in 2015, levying a 9 percent surcharge on users of streaming entertainment services. The revenue program was a result of a reinterpretation of a long-standing tax program, extending the city’s tax on tickets for recreational activities and concerts to “amusements that are delivered electronically.”

Apple sued in 2018 alleging violations of the commerce and due process clauses of the Constitution as well as the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibits jurisdictions from imposing discriminatory taxes on several types of electronic commerce. “Customers are subject to an illegal tax,” reads the complaint. “If Apple does not collect the tax from its customers, it will directly be liable for a tax that the City of Chicago has no power to impose or authority to enforce.”

The judge never addressed the merits of the case. In choosing not to further pursue its claims, Apple and other streamers impacted by the tax avoided a ruling that could’ve set a precedent that the revenue program is legal.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another unconstitutional tax grab. What are Chicago citizens getting for their money?

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  1. “What are Chicago citizens getting for their money?

    Like all libturd run cesspools, they getting uncontrolled violence, corruption and high taxes.

    Ever notice that every major city is a cesspool and every one is run by libturds? Coincidence? Nope.

      1. You are just a libturd. Nobody cares about your attempt at insults.

        Imagine living in a country where the installed president says he has cancer and his supporters say “No, its just his dementia talking” and they all breathe a sigh of relief.

        1. Imagine living in a country where people still have faith in the ex-Conman-in-chief and believe all his lies and the crap from TV hacks like Fucker Carlson.

          THAT is a shithole country!!

            1. Funny that everything you accuse me of is something you are clearly guilty of yourself.

              May I remind you that YOU started the insult volley.

              Anyway, brains aren’t everything.
              In your case, they’re nothing.

            2. Imagine a country where the libturds that caused the economy crash, stock market crash, highest inflation in 40 years and highest gas prices in decades think they are the smart ones.

              Libturds are too fucking stupid to know they are stupid.

              FYI – It’s not an insult, just a statement of fact.

              So glad you are angry. I love pissing off libturds.

            3. Sam, Same…you’re all the same.

              I’m not angry at all.
              I just love baiting dumb conservaturds – they get angry and bite every time.
              I’m having such fun here.

          1. With the previous admin we had a booming economy, booming stock market, booming employment, low gas prices

            It was a disaster!

            Fucking libturd stupidity is off the charts

          2. At least Trump had your economy going very strong and your country wasn’t suffering massive shortages of fundamental supplies due to supply chain and other businesses factors. Trump being the businessman that he is probably would have fixed the supply issues the same way he corralled your pharma companies with operation warp speed to get the vaccines out in record time.

      2. Name calling in response to specifics, that don’t please you, is just following the good training one received while on the Debate Club, huh veritas?

        Now, let’s try again….what exactly was said that’s not really true?

    1. Most but not all….

      Of the 100 largest cities here are a group with Republican Mayors
      Fort Worth
      Oklahoma City
      Virginia Beach

      The mayoral breakdown of the 100 largest cities is 75% Democratic, 25% Republican

      so not all…

    2. Here’s today best Liburd headline: Portland Mayor Declares Gun Violence Emergency, Directs More Money to…’Community-Based Messengers’

      Instead of keeping violent criminal in jail, instead of locking up more criminals, instead of increasing police the libturd cesspool mayor decided to spend money on “messengers” to ask criminals to stop being criminals.

      Can’t make this shit up. Libturds just gonna turd. That’s what they do!

      And you wonder why American despise libturds!!!!

  2. All major cities are struggling with crime, homelessness, finances etc. They need visionary leadership, not ideologs tied to one party or another’s worn out claims that things will be better because they belong to _____ (fill in the name) party.

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