Illinois To Begin Collecting Taxes On All Internet Sales

Craig Dellimore
August 10, 2018 - 3:01 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As Illinois prepares to start collecting sales taxes on purchases made on the Internet from outside of Illinois, local retailers are breathing a sigh of relief.

The State of Illinois can start collecting Internet sales tax revenue from out of state companies in October. Rob Karr, President and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, says his group has been fighting for this day to come for a decade.

Karr says a sale is a sale no matter where it occurs, so when the state starts collecting the sales tax from out of state companies on the Internet, it will level the playing field for local retailers.  At a minimum, he says, merchants Outside Illinois have a 6 and a quarter percent advantage.

The Illinois Department of Revenue is still working out details of how the outside merchants will be registered and monitored for how they pay. But Karr says he’s not worried. He says there may be some hiccups at the beginning, but he believes things will mostly go smoothly.

He also says the tax money will help state and local governments