Starting November 14th, 2018 next week, all digital purchases through the PlayStation Network will incur an amusement tax for those living in the city of Chicago within the state of Illinois. This is being done to comply with the Chicago amusement tax authorization, which will affect all purchases and receipts made through the PlayStation Network, which will affect PlayStation Plus subscriptions, the PlayStation Now streaming service, PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Music, PlayStation Video On Demand, and the PlayStation Video Live Events.
The tax hike was made available through various PlayStation users posting about the message they received from Sony via Twitter, such as Jamie Lono.
— Jamie Lono (@JamieLono) November 7, 2018
If you’re unable to read the image that contains the notice from Sony, it says…
“Taxes in the U.S., are subject to change by state, county, and city taxing authorities. In order to comply with rules relating to the City of Chicago Amusement Tax, beginning November 14, 2018, PlayStation Store will start collecting amusement tax on receipts from PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Music, PlayStation Video On Demand, and PlayStation Video Live Events from customers with a billing address withi nthe City of Chicago. The City of Chicago’s amusement tax rate is currently 9%.”
This amusement tax isn’t actually new. It’s been around in the U.S., since 1993 and has slowly been creeping its way into various forms of entertainment.
Chicago’s entertainment tax isn’t even new. Netflix owners and Steam users have been paying it since July 1st, 2015, according to Ars Technica.
Sony PlayStation owners have been spared this tax up until now. Despite being three years late to the party, gamers are obviously not taking too kindly to having to pay more for digital goods, especially given that the whole point of purchasing items through digital distribution was because there were the extra discounted benefits that you wouldn’t incur from having to pay for physical goods. That pipe dream has long been put to rest.
As reported back in March 11th, 2017 by the Illinois Review, the tax hike went up to 6.25% last year for Netflix and digital goods purchased through Xbox Live. This year, PlayStation Network users are about to feel the pinch with the 9% tax hike.
In combination with Sony’s new censorship policies, it’s not a prime time to be a PlayStation player.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)
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