Interesting timing. I received this email today for both pair of my Bear season tickets. Oddly, I received this email even though my seats are non PSL's.
May 21, 2009*** Do not reply to this e-mail message as this is an unmonitored mailbox ***Account #: xxx
Dear Mr. xxx:
A letter was recently sent by the City of Chicago's Department of Revenue alleging that amusement tax is due on Permanent Seat License (PSL) transfers. It is our understanding the letter was sent to approximately 2,900 Bears PSL owners/ Season Ticket Holders who had a PSL transferred into their name between 2004 and 2008. If you are an original PSL owner, or a non-PSL Season Ticket Holder, you should NOT receive the City's letter. During a routine city tax audit of the Bears, the City requested names on PSL transfers dating back to 2004 (which we were legally advised to provide) and informed us of their intent to assess amusement tax on these transfers. The letter was sent without our knowledge or input. We have requested a meeting with the Chicago Department of Revenue in order to provide you with information and guidance. Your frustrations and concerns are understandable. We will communicate with you prior to the City's response deadline. We appreciate your patience.
Theodore P. Phillips
President & CEO
Oh Ted, this one is a laugher. What are you going to do in your meeting??? I simply cannot believe that the Shitty of Chicago will get away with assessing BACK TAXES on these PSL's in the guise of the amusement tax. But from the tone of the letter, it looks to me like the Bears are taking a very neutral stance on the whole thing. So screw you PSL holders, pay more or tell the Bears and the Shitty of Chicago to take a flying leap.
Cross posted at Fire Ron Turner.