Court rules Chicago Bears owe $4.1 million in delinquent taxes

Thursday August 7th, 2014

An Illinois appellate court ruled Thursday that the Chicago Bears owe Cook County (Ill.) $4.1 million in delinquent amusement taxes, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

The Bears had separated the value of Soldier Field club-level and luxury suite tickets into two prices — the value of seats or suites, and the value of amenities such as parking.

The team argued that amenities included in the ticket price were "non-amusement services" and that it should just have to pay the three percent amusement tax on the value of seats and suites.

The court ruled Thursday that the Bears must pay the tax on the entire face value of the tickets, including the amenities.

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