Illinois revenue bill taxes most everything--including strip clubs

The Land of Lincoln is the Land of Taxes.

The state that brought the world the Great Emancipator it seems will tax anything standing (or sitting or stretching or sleeping) – except, it seemed, strip clubs.

But apparently even a repealed tax can never truly die in tax-and-spend Illinois.

On Tuesday, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, filed new language to Senate Bill 9, aka the Senate’s revenue omnibus bill.

SB 9 is part of a package of 13 bills making its way through the Illinois General Assembly,according to a report by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The proposal calls for the removal of Illinois’ controversial soda tax proposal to be replaced by the Business Opportunity Tax Act. The tax would be imposed on businesses based on staffing numbers. Beginning July 1, 2017, a tax would be imposed on qualified businesses for the “privilege of doing business in the state.” The bigger the business, of course, the steeper the tax – from $225 to $15,000.

The bill also would raise the corporate income tax rate to 7 percent and personal income tax rate to 4.99 percent. It establishes “service taxes” on storage businesses, amusements, repair and maintenance, landscaping, and laundry and dry-cleaning services.

And, just what business and consumers have been clamoring for, a tax on cable television services and direct broadcast satellite services.

Particular adult services, however, would get a pass under the bill.

The bill would repeal the Adult Entertainment Tax, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Illinois charges strip club operators a surcharge amounting to $3 per person entering the establishment.

But wait … repeal doesn’t mean what you might think it does – at least not in Illinois.

Read more at Wisconsin Watchdog

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