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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: Chicago and Tax Cheats

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chicago and Tax Cheats

(HT Drudge) Cook County is asking neighbors to turn in their tax-cheating neighbors. Andrew Greiner of nbcchicago writes in "Rats! City to Pay for Informing on Tax Cheats," that
Chicago and Cook County residents aren’t the only ones about to get shocking tax news; the city is debuting a “tax whistle-blower” plan that could turn neighbor against neighbor in Chicago’s business community.

The folks at city hall will pay cash bounties to informants who turn in business tax cheats around the city. The reward would amount to some sort of percentage of the tax money that the city recovers.

"It's just another way of bringing people into compliance," Revenue Department spokesman Ed Walsh told the Sun-Times.
I find the county's action both distasteful and understandable. What do you think?

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  1. Jason Weaver4/11/09 12:24 AM

    I think it is an excellent idea. I'm surprised that Chicago hasn't done something like this sooner. I expect that the city will receive a big response. They are getting their greedy and snitching residents to turn in their greedy and cheating residents. The plan sounds fool proof... It doesn't make Chicago look particularly good though.

  2. Cameron Dorsett4/11/09 11:18 PM

    It's about time. Chicago has to be one of the most fraudulent city's on this earth. I applaud this idea of "ratting out" tax cheaters. Whether or not our tax money goes to anything worthwhile is beside the point in this case. No one should be allowed to cheat the system. Those brave enough to step forward and turn in cheaters should be rewarded.

  3. Kyle Kennedy16/11/09 11:37 PM

    Everyone hates tattle tales..but not in this case. I agree with the people willing to step out and turn in those cheating the system. Those who abide by it shouldn't have to suffer while others are cheating their way around it. In the long run, it will make Chicago and the people leaving in it better off.

  4. In my opinion, the city will not benefit either way, neighbors that sell out neighbors get payed a certain amount which came from the tax they turned their neighbor in for. they will not gain money or lose money, yet they will lose their neighbors friendship.