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Chicago's Taxpayer Burden Hits $119k Per Person to Lead US Cities, Report Finds

• https://fee.org, Catherine Alles

In 2015, Chicago imposed a nine percent tax on Netflix and PlayStations. In 2017, Chicago imposed a seven cent bag tax on every single plastic or paper bag used. In fact, Chicago is so thirsty for taxpayer dollars they imposed a five percent tax on bottled water. They even have a special additional tax for candy and soda.

In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Chicago the fourth most miserable city in the US. Coincidence? Maybe not.

New Transparent Tax Statistics

According to a new report from Truth in Accounting, residents of the Windy City are the most heavily taxed in nation, and it's not a close contest. Below is a breakdown of the 10 US cities with the largest per capita taxpayer burden.

Chicago's combined Taxpayer Burden: $119,110

New York City's combined Taxpayer Burden: $85,600

Los Angeles' combined Taxpayer Burden: $56,390

Philadelphia's combined Taxpayer Burden: $50,120

San Jose's combined Taxpayer Burden: $43,120

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