Starting September 1st, the city of Chicago expects all video streaming services to collect tax revenue for all streaming services. This includes Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and any other online “streaming” provider.
The city’s finance department ruled that a previously established city amusement tax can extend to digital media.
Chicago isn’t the only area with this “great” idea, however. The state of Alabama is also exploring a new tax on “digital transactions”.
With hundreds of tweets about these new taxes already, people seem to be both unhappy and confused.
whiny millennial alert, but I'm pretty peeved at this Netflix tax. mainly cos WHY THE HELL WAS IT SO SECRET!?
— adrienne (@solarpowerspork) July 2, 2015
9% Chicago "Netflix Tax" gtfo
— Andrew Schultz (@Schultzybaby) July 2, 2015
Why does Chicago have to be the first ones with this "@netflix " tax?
— Marcel (@marcel_patel) July 2, 2015
9% Netflix tax? Time to riot
— pfizer class traitor (@nickk_ohhnick) July 2, 2015
Oh, and you’ll definitely be the one paying the fee. Netflix has confirmed that they will pass the tax onto subscribers.
Taxing the closest thing I have to romantic love in my life? Just. Plain. Wrong.