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New Rules Focus On Sales Taxes From Out-Of-State Businesses

State of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Revenue has new rules this year to target the collection of sales taxes from out-of-state businesses. 

The new rules that took effect January 1st expand the definition of out-of-state retailers who must register in Illinois and collect sales taxes.

Lawmakers revised the rules last year after the state Supreme Court ruled previous rules singled out online sellers, which violated federal laws. The new rules dropped the word “Internet” and now cover catalog, mail-order and similar retailers, along with online sellers.

Illinois' brick-and-mortar businesses say not collecting the taxes gives out-of-state retailers an advantage.

A National Conference of State Legislatures report found unpaid sales taxes in Illinois accounted for an estimated $1 billion in 2012.

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