Illinois Department of Revenue

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The Illinois Department of Revenue collects tax revenues for the state of Illinois and for local governments within the state. It also oversees property tax assessments throughout the state and funds the Illinois Housing Development Authority. In addition, the Department of Revenue regulates the manufacture, distribution and sale of all alcoholic beverages, and administers the state's lottery.

The goal of the department is to perform its various tasks fairly, in a manner that is consistent with state laws.

Taxes collected by the Illinois Department of Revenue include, but are not limited to:

  • cigarette and tobacco taxes;
  • excise taxes;
  • sales tax and use tax;
  • property tax; and
  • withholding tax.

The department maintains a list of rates for all taxes administered by the Illinois DOR. These rates are updated regularly.

IDOR offers Illinois residents online filing and payment options through WebFile. WebFile is free, and available mid January through October.

Illinois Exemption Certificates

Like other states with sales tax, it is sometimes possible to purchase taxable goods tax-free in Illinois. For example, items may be tax-exempt when purchased for resale, or when purchased by an exempt organization such as a school or a charity. To be eligible for a sales tax exemption, buyers must provide sellers with a completed exemption certificate or resale certificate.

Purchasers may either document their tax-exempt purchases by completing Form CRT-61, Certificate of Resale, or by making their own certificate. A copy of the certificate must be provided to the retailer.

Illinois provides exemption certificates for certain industries. For example, there is a Buildings Material Exemption Certificate and an Equipment Exemption Certificate.

Create an exemption certificate for Illinois, or any other state, with Avalara CertExpress.


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