Monday, January 14, 2013
RTA Fights United Airlines Over Sycamore Office to Order Jet Fuel Due to High Taxes of Chicago and Cook County | Smart Business or Unlawful?
Due to Chicago and Cook County having the highest sales taxes in the nation, United Airlines doesn't order jet fuel from either its headquarters in Chicago or near O'Hare Airport.
Instead, they have a small office in Sycamore, Illinois, near DeKalb.
RTA (Regional Transit Agency) that collects millions from sales taxes and partly funds mass transit agencies, says this isn't "fair" and is suing both United and American Airlines.
A spokesperson for United says they are following the law.
Meanwhile, John Fritchey, a Crook County Board Member, refuses to explain why their taxes are so high.
Under Mayor Richard Daley, the City of Chicago also gave United Airlines a $20 million taxpayer incentive to move their HQ to downtown Chicago away from the suburbs.
So, is this smart business strategy by United Airlines to deal with high taxes or should it be unlawful?