(35 ILCS 135/2) (from Ch. 120, par. 453.32)
    Sec. 2. A tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State, at the rate of 6 mills per cigarette so used. On and after December 1, 1985, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at a rate of 4 mills per cigarette so used. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at the rate of 5 mills per cigarette so used. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at a rate of 7 mills per cigarette so used. On and after December 15, 1997, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at a rate of 7 mills per cigarette so used. On and after July 1, 2002, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at a rate of 20.0 mills per cigarette so used. Beginning on June 24, 2012, in addition to any other tax imposed by this Act, a tax is imposed upon the privilege of using cigarettes in this State at a rate of 50 mills per cigarette so used. The taxes herein imposed shall be in addition to all other occupation or privilege taxes imposed by the State of Illinois or by any political subdivision thereof or by any municipal corporation.
    When any tax imposed herein terminates or has terminated, distributors who have bought stamps while such tax was in effect and who therefore paid such tax, but who can show, to the Department's satisfaction, that they sold the cigarettes to which they affixed such stamps after such tax had terminated and did not recover the tax or its equivalent from purchasers, shall be allowed by the Department to take credit for such absorbed tax against subsequent tax stamp purchases from the Department by such distributors.
    When the word "tax" is used in this Act, it shall include any tax or tax rate imposed by this Act and shall mean the singular of "tax" or the plural "taxes" as the context may require.
    Any distributor having cigarettes to which stamps have been affixed in his possession for sale on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989 shall not be required to pay the additional tax imposed by this amendatory Act of 1989 on such stamped cigarettes. Any distributor having cigarettes to which stamps have been affixed in his or her possession for sale at 12:01 a.m. on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, is required to pay the additional tax imposed by this amendatory Act of 1993 on such stamped cigarettes. This payment shall be due when the distributor first makes a purchase of cigarette tax stamps after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, or on the first due date of a return under this Act after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, whichever occurs first. Once a distributor tenders payment of the additional tax to the Department, the distributor may purchase stamps from the Department. Any distributor having cigarettes to which stamps have been affixed in his possession for sale on December 15, 1997 shall not be required to pay the additional tax imposed by this amendatory Act of 1997 on such stamped cigarettes.
    Any distributor having cigarettes to which stamps have been affixed in his or her possession for sale on July 1, 2002 shall not be required to pay the additional tax imposed by this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly on those stamped cigarettes.
    Any retailer having cigarettes in his or her possession on June 24, 2012 to which tax stamps have been affixed is not required to pay the additional tax that begins on June 24, 2012 imposed by this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly on those stamped cigarettes. Any distributor having cigarettes in his or her possession on June 24, 2012 to which tax stamps have been affixed, and any distributor having stamps in his or her possession on June 24, 2012 that have not been affixed to packages of cigarettes before June 24, 2012, is required to pay the additional tax that begins on June 24, 2012 imposed by this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly to the extent the calendar year 2012 average monthly volume of cigarette stamps in the distributor's possession exceeds the average monthly volume of cigarette stamps purchased by the distributor in calendar year 2011. This payment, less the discount provided in Section 3, is due when the distributor first makes a purchase of cigarette stamps on or after June 24, 2012 or on the first due date of a return under this Act occurring on or after June 24, 2012, whichever occurs first. Those distributors may elect to pay the additional tax on packages of cigarettes to which stamps have been affixed and on any stamps in the distributor's possession that have not been affixed to packages of cigarettes over a period not to exceed 12 months from the due date of the additional tax by notifying the Department in writing. The first payment for distributors making such election is due when the distributor first makes a purchase of cigarette tax stamps on or after June 24, 2012 or on the first due date of a return under this Act occurring on or after June 24, 2012, whichever occurs first. Distributors making such an election are not entitled to take the discount provided in Section 3 on such payments.
(Source: P.A. 97-688, eff. 6-14-12.)