Ill. High Court Strikes Down Chicago Tax On Car Rentals

By Jessica Corso (January 20, 2017, 7:56 PM EST) -- The Illinois Supreme Court told Chicago on Friday to stop collecting taxes on suburban businesses that may rent cars for use within city limits, saying that the way the city imposes the tax violates the home rule article of the state constitution.

All seven judges that sit on the state's highest court agreed that a rule setting out how the city collects taxes on rental car companies outside its jurisdiction is unconstitutional. That rule, promulgated by Chicago's Department of Revenue in 2011, explains how a city property use tax is to apply to cars leased from businesses within three miles of...

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