(35 ILCS 135/20)
(from Ch. 120, par. 453.50)
All information received by the Department from returns or reports
filed under this Act, or from any investigation conducted under this
Act, shall be confidential, except for official purposes, and any person
who divulges any such information in any manner, except in accordance
with a proper judicial order or as otherwise provided by law, shall be
guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Nothing in this Act prevents the Director of Revenue from publishing
or making available to the public the names and addresses of persons
filing returns or reports under this Act, or reasonable statistics concerning the
operation of the tax by grouping the contents of returns or reports so that the
information in any individual return is not disclosed.
Nothing in this Act prevents the Director of Revenue from divulging
to the United States Government or the government of any other state, or
any officer or agency thereof, for exclusively official purposes,
information received by the Department in administering this Act,
provided that such other governmental agency agrees to divulge requested
tax information to the Department.
The furnishing upon request of the Auditor General, or his authorized
agents, for official use, of returns or reports filed and information related
thereto under this Act is deemed to be an official purpose within the meaning
of this Section.
The furnishing of financial information to a home rule unit with a
population in excess of 2,000,000 that has
imposed a tax similar to that imposed by this Act under its home rule powers,
upon request of the Chief Executive of the home rule unit, is an official
purpose within the meaning of this Section, provided the home rule unit agrees
in writing to the requirements of this Section. Information so provided is
subject to all confidentiality provisions of this Section. The written
agreement shall provide for reciprocity, limitations on access, disclosure,
and procedures for requesting information.
The Director may make available to any State agency, including the
Illinois Supreme Court, which licenses persons to engage in any occupation,
information that a person licensed by such agency has failed to file
returns or reports under this Act or pay the tax, penalty and interest shown therein,
or has failed to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest due
under this Act. An assessment is final when all proceedings in court for
review of such assessment have terminated or the time for the taking
thereof has expired without such proceedings being instituted.
The Director shall make available for public
inspection in the Department's principal office and for publication, at cost,
administrative decisions issued on or after January
1, 1995. These decisions are to be made available in a manner so that the
taxpayer or licensee information is not disclosed:
(1) The names, addresses, and identification numbers
The Director shall determine the
appropriate extent of the
deletions allowed in paragraph (2). In the event the taxpayer or licensee does not submit
the Director shall make only the deletions specified in paragraph (1).
The Director shall make available for public inspection and publication an
administrative decision within 180 days after the issuance of the
decision. The term "administrative decision" has the same meaning as defined in
Section 3-101 of Article III of the Code of Civil Procedure. Costs collected
under this Section shall be paid into the Tax Compliance and Administration
Nothing contained in this Act shall prevent the Director from divulging
information to any person pursuant to a request or authorization made by the
taxpayer or licensee or by an authorized representative of the taxpayer or licensee.
(Source: P.A. 96-1027, eff. 7-12-10.)