Effective April 1, 2020, the Cook County Department of Revenue is no longer applying its amusement tax to sales of paid television to non-residential customers, such as bars and hotels. The amusement tax ordinance never expressly applied to paid television. Rather, in 2007, the Department issued Amusement Ruling #1, which purported to include paid

On May 22, 2019, the Illinois Appellate Court held that the late filing of a boat tour business’ Amusement Tax protest was excusable. The Cook County Department of Revenue had violated the taxpayer’s procedural due process rights by “affirmatively misleading” it on the proper filing deadline. Cook County law requires that taxpayers protest assessments within