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Chicago Has Highest Taxes For Business Travelers

Excerpt from Medill Reports Chicago

Dec 14, 2013 5:00 pm

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Whether it is on the national level where Democrats and Republican are finally getting it together in a budget compromise, or on the city level, business travelers are an easy target for tax authorities. However, Chicago’s No. 1 status doesn’t do much as far as its convention-city status is concerned.

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As cities look for new sources of revenue to close spending gaps, more of the financial burden is falling on business travelers. Chicago tops the list of U.S. cities with the highest travel taxes, according to a report released by the Global Business Travel Association.

The trade group gathered tax data on hotel lodging, car rentals and meal taxes in the top 50 U.S. business destinations and found that travelers’ tax burdens rose by 58 percent in 2013. Chicago had the highest total tax burden in central city locations, totaling $41.04, including $16.85 hotel tax for a one-night stay, $14.16 tax on a car rental for one day and $10.03 tax on meals in a single day.

Screen Shot 2013-12-14 at 1.52.48 PMSource: Global Business Travel Association

 

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