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It’s no secret. This state is in deep financial debt. While many are rejoicing with the recent repeal of the soda tax, that money still needs to be made up somewhere.


Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities for the city to tax its devoted citizens. Property taxes? Sales taxes? Those ideas are played it. It’s time to get creative with some real ideas.

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W Flag Tax:

Real Cubs fans already have these. Time to tax the band-wagoners.

Malort Tax:

Only applicable if someone tries to trick another unsuspecting patron at the bar with this gift. Note: Half Malort/Half Rumple Minze shots will be exempt from this tax; Half Malort/Half Fireball will be double.

Ditka Tax:

Mike Ditka has to pay a penny per syllable for every word that comes out of his mouth.

Ferris Bueller Halloween Costume Tax:

I know you found that perfect leather-print vest, and your best friend has a Detroit Red Wings Jersey, but just stop. Wayne and Garth costumes exempt from this tax.

Hot Takes Tax:

This tax would make people think twice about that Twitter thread on Eminem or that 20,000 word screed you really really needed to get out there about the new Bladerunner.

Chance the Rapper Tax:

Every time someone mentions how they knew Chance the Rapper “before he blew up” has to pay a tax.

Roller-Blading In The Bike Lane Tax:

Pretty strange looking bike you got there, singing dude in shorts and no shirt on.

Tax on Mansplaining:

The city would be out of debt within a day if this were implemented. Let me explain why…

Dibs Tax.

If you put out a folding chair to claim your spot and don’t have the decency to shovel snow for the little old lady that lives next door, maybe it’s time to find an apartment with a garage.

Second City Tax:

“Come to my show on Saturday night!” All the aspiring stand-ups and improves in this city could take a significant chunk out of the city’s debt if they were taxed.

Thousand Tax:

Taylor Street is “Ten hundred” South, not “One Thousand” south. Tax can also be applied to mispronunciations of Paulina, Throop, Devon, and Goethe.

Poke Tax:

Yes, poke is delicious, but not every restaurant needs to have their own version of it. Time to move on to the next culinary trend and to tax the hell out of this one.

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Chicago Star Tattoo Tax:

Unoriginality really needs to be taxed in any of its forms to be honest. See next.

“Must Be Fluent In Sarcasm” In Tinder Profile Tax:

If you have this in your profile and are offended by this tax, well, I mean, you really deserve to pay.

Wilco Tax:

It’s called Marina City. Pay some respect to the architectural history of the city. And pay the tax.

Amazon Tax:

Instead of offering this giant conglomeration tax breaks, what if we got a promise that they would actually invest in the city, state, schools, and communities?

Unrealistic Expectations Tax:

*reads the above* Shit.

Some ideas for the City of Chicago to tax next AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
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