Netflix and cloud services are about to get more expensive in Chicago

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If you live in Chicago, streaming services get more expensive. A new “cloud tax” law goes into effect in the city today, aimed at seeking out more revenue from popular streaming platforms. According to The Verge, the tax is made up of two different rulings from the city’s Department of Finance. One covers streaming platforms like Netflix and Spotify (for ‘electronically delivered amusements’), the other would cover remote databases like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s Azure (for ‘nonpossessory computer leases’). It’s a 9 percent tax, so $100 of server time elsewhere would cost $109 in Chicago. The tax is applied…

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