Times are tough in Chicago. You can only tax the citizenry so much – and Chicago already shares the distinction of being one of the most taxed cities in America.
The solution? Enforcement. No big surprise there.
But enforcement costs money. What if you could get your enforcement for free? What if… you could convince taxpayers to rat each other out? Brilliant. And so, Chicago Mayor Daley has introduced a “Tax Whistleblower Program” for 2010.
The program would reward taxpayers who turn in those with unpaid business taxes. Taxpayers who successfully bring in money to the city would receive a percentage as
blood money bounty.
A good way to destroy the competition, perhaps? The Revenue Department is counting on it. Ed Walsh, a Revenue spokesperson says: “It would probably be … a business knowing that a competitor is not remitting a tax. An employee [of the tax-dodging business] could know that, too. Typically, you need to provide some type of incentive.”
This way, all businesses in Chicago could live in fear of their competition – and their neighbors. But a little fear is healthy, right?
Who knows if other cities will follow suit? I’m setting up my telescope, just in case…