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REVENUE
(35 ILCS 630/) Telecommunications Excise Tax Act.

35 ILCS 630/1

    (35 ILCS 630/1) (from Ch. 120, par. 2001)
    Sec. 1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Telecommunications Excise Tax Act". The net proceeds from the taxes imposed by this Act shall be used for the support of the General Revenue Fund and education.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/2

    (35 ILCS 630/2) (from Ch. 120, par. 2002)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
    (a) "Gross charge" means the amount paid for the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in this State and for all services and equipment provided in connection therewith by a retailer, valued in money whether paid in money or otherwise, including cash, credits, services and property of every kind or nature, and shall be determined without any deduction on account of the cost of such telecommunications, the cost of materials used, labor or service costs or any other expense whatsoever. In case credit is extended, the amount thereof shall be included only as and when paid. "Gross charges" for private line service shall include charges imposed at each channel termination point within this State, charges for the channel mileage between each channel termination point within this State, and charges for that portion of the interstate inter-office channel provided within Illinois. Charges for that portion of the interstate inter-office channel provided in Illinois shall be determined by the retailer as follows: (i) for interstate inter-office channels having 2 channel termination points, only one of which is in Illinois, 50% of the total charge imposed; or (ii) for interstate inter-office channels having more than 2 channel termination points, one or more of which are in Illinois, an amount equal to the total charge multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of channel termination points within Illinois and the denominator of which is the total number of channel termination points. Prior to January 1, 2004, any method consistent with this paragraph or other method that reasonably apportions the total charges for interstate inter-office channels among the states in which channel terminations points are located shall be accepted as a reasonable method to determine the charges for that portion of the interstate inter-office channel provided within Illinois for that period. However, "gross charges" shall not include any of the following:
        (1) Any amounts added to a purchaser's bill because
    
of a charge made pursuant to (i) the tax imposed by this Article; (ii) charges added to customers' bills pursuant to the provisions of Sections 9-221 or 9-222 of the Public Utilities Act, as amended, or any similar charges added to customers' bills by retailers who are not subject to rate regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission for the purpose of recovering any of the tax liabilities or other amounts specified in such provisions of such Act; (iii) the tax imposed by Section 4251 of the Internal Revenue Code; (iv) 911 surcharges; or (v) the tax imposed by the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act.
        (2) Charges for a sent collect telecommunication
    
received outside of the State.
        (3) Charges for leased time on equipment or charges
    
for the storage of data or information for subsequent retrieval or the processing of data or information intended to change its form or content. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to, the use of calculators, computers, data processing equipment, tabulating equipment or accounting equipment and also includes the usage of computers under a time-sharing agreement.
        (4) Charges for customer equipment, including such
    
equipment that is leased or rented by the customer from any source, wherein such charges are disaggregated and separately identified from other charges.
        (5) Charges to business enterprises certified under
    
Section 9-222.1 of the Public Utilities Act, as amended, to the extent of such exemption and during the period of time specified by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
        (6) Charges for telecommunications and all services
    
and equipment provided in connection therewith between a parent corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries when the tax imposed under this Article has already been paid to a retailer and only to the extent that the charges between the parent corporation and wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries represent expense allocation between the corporations and not the generation of profit for the corporation rendering such service.
        (7) Bad debts. Bad debt means any portion of a debt
    
that is related to a sale at retail for which gross charges are not otherwise deductible or excludable that has become worthless or uncollectable, as determined under applicable federal income tax standards. If the portion of the debt deemed to be bad is subsequently paid, the retailer shall report and pay the tax on that portion during the reporting period in which the payment is made.
        (8) Charges paid by inserting coins in coin-operated
    
telecommunication devices.
        (9) Amounts paid by telecommunications retailers
    
under the Telecommunications Municipal Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act.
        (10) Charges for nontaxable services or
    
telecommunications if (i) those charges are aggregated with other charges for telecommunications that are taxable, (ii) those charges are not separately stated on the customer bill or invoice, and (iii) the retailer can reasonably identify the nontaxable charges on the retailer's books and records kept in the regular course of business. If the nontaxable charges cannot reasonably be identified, the gross charge from the sale of both taxable and nontaxable services or telecommunications billed on a combined basis shall be attributed to the taxable services or telecommunications. The burden of proving nontaxable charges shall be on the retailer of the telecommunications.
    (b) "Amount paid" means the amount charged to the taxpayer's service address in this State regardless of where such amount is billed or paid.
    (c) "Telecommunications", in addition to the meaning ordinarily and popularly ascribed to it, includes, without limitation, messages or information transmitted through use of local, toll and wide area telephone service; private line services; channel services; telegraph services; teletypewriter; computer exchange services; cellular mobile telecommunications service; specialized mobile radio; stationary two way radio; paging service; or any other form of mobile and portable one-way or two-way communications; or any other transmission of messages or information by electronic or similar means, between or among points by wire, cable, fiber-optics, laser, microwave, radio, satellite or similar facilities. As used in this Act, "private line" means a dedicated non-traffic sensitive service for a single customer, that entitles the customer to exclusive or priority use of a communications channel or group of channels, from one or more specified locations to one or more other specified locations. The definition of "telecommunications" shall not include value added services in which computer processing applications are used to act on the form, content, code and protocol of the information for purposes other than transmission. "Telecommunications" shall not include purchases of telecommunications by a telecommunications service provider for use as a component part of the service provided by him to the ultimate retail consumer who originates or terminates the taxable end-to-end communications. Carrier access charges, right of access charges, charges for use of inter-company facilities, and all telecommunications resold in the subsequent provision of, used as a component of, or integrated into end-to-end telecommunications service shall be non-taxable as sales for resale.
    (d) "Interstate telecommunications" means all telecommunications that either originate or terminate outside this State.
    (e) "Intrastate telecommunications" means all telecommunications that originate and terminate within this State.
    (f) "Department" means the Department of Revenue of the State of Illinois.
    (g) "Director" means the Director of Revenue for the Department of Revenue of the State of Illinois.
    (h) "Taxpayer" means a person who individually or through his agents, employees or permittees engages in the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in this State and who incurs a tax liability under this Article.
    (i) "Person" means any natural individual, firm, trust, estate, partnership, association, joint stock company, joint venture, corporation, limited liability company, or a receiver, trustee, guardian or other representative appointed by order of any court, the Federal and State governments, including State universities created by statute or any city, town, county or other political subdivision of this State.
    (j) "Purchase at retail" means the acquisition, consumption or use of telecommunication through a sale at retail.
    (k) "Sale at retail" means the transmitting, supplying or furnishing of telecommunications and all services and equipment provided in connection therewith for a consideration to persons other than the Federal and State governments, and State universities created by statute and other than between a parent corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries for their use or consumption and not for resale.
    (l) "Retailer" means and includes every person engaged in the business of making sales at retail as defined in this Article. The Department may, in its discretion, upon application, authorize the collection of the tax hereby imposed by any retailer not maintaining a place of business within this State, who, to the satisfaction of the Department, furnishes adequate security to insure collection and payment of the tax. Such retailer shall be issued, without charge, a permit to collect such tax. When so authorized, it shall be the duty of such retailer to collect the tax upon all of the gross charges for telecommunications in this State in the same manner and subject to the same requirements as a retailer maintaining a place of business within this State. The permit may be revoked by the Department at its discretion.
    (m) "Retailer maintaining a place of business in this State", or any like term, means and includes any retailer having or maintaining within this State, directly or by a subsidiary, an office, distribution facilities, transmission facilities, sales office, warehouse or other place of business, or any agent or other representative operating within this State under the authority of the retailer or its subsidiary, irrespective of whether such place of business or agent or other representative is located here permanently or temporarily, or whether such retailer or subsidiary is licensed to do business in this State.
    (n) "Service address" means the location of telecommunications equipment from which the telecommunications services are originated or at which telecommunications services are received by a taxpayer. In the event this may not be a defined location, as in the case of mobile phones, paging systems, maritime systems, service address means the customer's place of primary use as defined in the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act. For air-to-ground systems and the like, service address shall mean the location of a taxpayer's primary use of the telecommunications equipment as defined by telephone number, authorization code, or location in Illinois where bills are sent.
    (o) "Prepaid telephone calling arrangements" mean the right to exclusively purchase telephone or telecommunications services that must be paid for in advance and enable the origination of one or more intrastate, interstate, or international telephone calls or other telecommunications using an access number, an authorization code, or both, whether manually or electronically dialed, for which payment to a retailer must be made in advance, provided that, unless recharged, no further service is provided once that prepaid amount of service has been consumed. Prepaid telephone calling arrangements include the recharge of a prepaid calling arrangement. For purposes of this subsection, "recharge" means the purchase of additional prepaid telephone or telecommunications services whether or not the purchaser acquires a different access number or authorization code. "Prepaid telephone calling arrangement" does not include an arrangement whereby a customer purchases a payment card and pursuant to which the service provider reflects the amount of such purchase as a credit on an invoice issued to that customer under an existing subscription plan.
(Source: P.A. 93-286, 1-1-04; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

35 ILCS 630/3

    (35 ILCS 630/3) (from Ch. 120, par. 2003)
    Sec. 3. Until December 31, 1997, a tax is imposed upon the act or privilege of originating or receiving intrastate telecommunications by a person in this State at the rate of 5% of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. Beginning January 1, 1998, a tax is imposed upon the act or privilege of originating in this State or receiving in this State intrastate telecommunications by a person in this State at the rate of 7% of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. However, such tax is not imposed on the act or privilege to the extent such act or privilege may not, under the Constitution and statutes of the United States, be made the subject of taxation by the State. Beginning January 1, 2001, prepaid telephone calling arrangements shall not be considered telecommunications subject to the tax imposed under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 12-4-97; 91-870, eff. 6-22-00.)

35 ILCS 630/4

    (35 ILCS 630/4) (from Ch. 120, par. 2004)
    Sec. 4. Until December 31, 1997, a tax is imposed upon the act or privilege of originating in this State or receiving in this State interstate telecommunications by a person in this State at the rate of 5% of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. Beginning January 1, 1998, a tax is imposed upon the act or privilege of originating in this State or receiving in this State interstate telecommunications by a person in this State at the rate of 7% of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. To prevent actual multi-state taxation of the act or privilege that is subject to taxation under this paragraph, any taxpayer, upon proof that that taxpayer has paid a tax in another state on such event, shall be allowed a credit against the tax imposed in this Section 4 to the extent of the amount of such tax properly due and paid in such other state. However, such tax is not imposed on the act or privilege to the extent such act or privilege may not, under the Constitution and statutes of the United States, be made the subject of taxation by the State. Beginning on January 1, 2001, prepaid telephone calling arrangements shall not be considered telecommunications subject to the tax imposed under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 12-4-97; 91-870, eff. 6-22-00.)

35 ILCS 630/4.5

    (35 ILCS 630/4.5)
    Sec. 4.5. Sunset of exemptions, credits, and deductions. The application of every exemption, credit, and deduction against tax imposed by this Act that becomes law after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994 shall be limited by a reasonable and appropriate sunset date. A taxpayer is not entitled to take the exemption, credit, or deduction beginning on the sunset date and thereafter. If a reasonable and appropriate sunset date is not specified in the Public Act that creates the exemption, credit, or deduction, a taxpayer shall not be entitled to take the exemption, credit, or deduction beginning 5 years after the effective date of the Public Act creating the exemption, credit, or deduction and thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 88-660, eff. 9-16-94.)

35 ILCS 630/5

    (35 ILCS 630/5) (from Ch. 120, par. 2005)
    Sec. 5. Any retailer maintaining a place of business in this State shall collect and remit to the Department the tax imposed by this Act. Any such retailer shall be liable for the tax whether or not the tax has been collected by the retailer. To the extent that a retailer required to collect the tax imposed by this Act has actually collected that tax, such tax is held in trust for the benefit of the Department. Retailers shall collect the tax from the taxpayer by adding the tax to the gross charge for the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in this State, when sold for use, in the manner prescribed by the Department. Whenever possible, the tax imposed by this Article shall, when collected, be stated as a distinct item separate and apart from the gross charge for telecommunications. The tax imposed by this Article shall constitute a debt of the purchaser to the retailer who provides such taxable services until paid, and, if unpaid, is recoverable at law in the same manner as the original charge for such taxable services.
(Source: P.A. 91-203, eff. 7-20-99.)

35 ILCS 630/6

    (35 ILCS 630/6) (from Ch. 120, par. 2006)
    Sec. 6. Except as provided hereinafter in this Section, on or before the last day of each month, each retailer maintaining a place of business in this State shall make a return to the Department for the preceding calendar month, stating:
        1. His name;
        2. The address of his principal place of business, or
    
the address of the principal place of business (if that is a different address) from which he engages in the business of transmitting telecommunications;
        3. Total amount of gross charges billed by him during
    
the preceding calendar month for providing telecommunications during such calendar month;
        4. Total amount received by him during the preceding
    
calendar month on credit extended;
        5. Deductions allowed by law;
        6. Gross charges which were billed by him during the
    
preceding calendar month and upon the basis of which the tax is imposed;
        7. Amount of tax (computed upon Item 6);
        8. Such other reasonable information as the
    
Department may require.
    Any taxpayer required to make payments under this Section may make the payments by electronic funds transfer. The Department shall adopt rules necessary to effectuate a program of electronic funds transfer. Any taxpayer who has average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act that exceed $1,000 shall make all payments by electronic funds transfer as required by rules of the Department and shall file the return required by this Section by electronic means as required by rules of the Department.
    If the retailer's average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act do not exceed $1,000, the Department may authorize his returns to be filed on a quarter annual basis, with the return for January, February and March of a given year being due by April 30 of such year; with the return for April, May and June of a given year being due by July 31st of such year; with the return for July, August and September of a given year being due by October 31st of such year; and with the return of October, November and December of a given year being due by January 31st of the following year.
    If the retailer is otherwise required to file a monthly or quarterly return and if the retailer's average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act do not exceed $400, the Department may authorize his or her return to be filed on an annual basis, with the return for a given year being due by January 31st of the following year.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article containing the time within which a retailer may file his return, in the case of any retailer who ceases to engage in a kind of business which makes him responsible for filing returns under this Article, such retailer shall file a final return under this Article with the Department not more than one month after discontinuing such business.
    In making such return, the retailer shall determine the value of any consideration other than money received by him and he shall include such value in his return. Such determination shall be subject to review and revision by the Department in the manner hereinafter provided for the correction of returns.
    Each retailer whose average monthly liability to the Department under this Article and the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act was $25,000 or more during the preceding calendar year, excluding the month of highest liability and the month of lowest liability in such calendar year, and who is not operated by a unit of local government, shall make estimated payments to the Department on or before the 7th, 15th, 22nd and last day of the month during which tax collection liability to the Department is incurred in an amount not less than the lower of either 22.5% of the retailer's actual tax collections for the month or 25% of the retailer's actual tax collections for the same calendar month of the preceding year. The amount of such quarter monthly payments shall be credited against the final liability of the retailer's return for that month. Any outstanding credit, approved by the Department, arising from the retailer's overpayment of its final liability for any month may be applied to reduce the amount of any subsequent quarter monthly payment or credited against the final liability of the retailer's return for any subsequent month. If any quarter monthly payment is not paid at the time or in the amount required by this Section, the retailer shall be liable for penalty and interest on the difference between the minimum amount due as a payment and the amount of such payment actually and timely paid, except insofar as the retailer has previously made payments for that month to the Department in excess of the minimum payments previously due.
    The retailer making the return herein provided for shall, at the time of making such return, pay to the Department the amount of tax herein imposed, less a discount of 1% which is allowed to reimburse the retailer for the expenses incurred in keeping records, billing the customer, preparing and filing returns, remitting the tax, and supplying data to the Department upon request. No discount may be claimed by a retailer on returns not timely filed and for taxes not timely remitted.
    On and after the effective date of this Article of 1985, of the moneys received by the Department of Revenue pursuant to this Article, other than moneys received pursuant to the additional taxes imposed by Public Act 90-548:
        (1) $1,000,000 shall be paid each month into the
    
Common School Fund;
        (2) beginning on the first day of the first calendar
    
month to occur on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, an amount equal to 1/12 of 5% of the cash receipts collected during the preceding fiscal year by the Audit Bureau of the Department from the tax under this Act and the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act shall be paid each month into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund; those moneys shall be used, subject to appropriation, to fund additional auditors and compliance personnel at the Department of Revenue; and
        (3) the remainder shall be deposited into the General
    
Revenue Fund.
    On and after February 1, 1998, however, of the moneys received by the Department of Revenue pursuant to the additional taxes imposed by Public Act 90-548, one-half shall be deposited into the School Infrastructure Fund and one-half shall be deposited into the Common School Fund. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, if in any fiscal year the total of the moneys deposited into the School Infrastructure Fund under this Act is less than the total of the moneys deposited into that Fund from the additional taxes imposed by Public Act 90-548 during fiscal year 1999, then, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, the Comptroller shall order transferred and the Treasurer shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the School Infrastructure Fund an amount equal to the difference between the fiscal year total deposits and the total amount deposited into the Fund in fiscal year 1999.
(Source: P.A. 98-1098, eff. 8-26-14.)

35 ILCS 630/7

    (35 ILCS 630/7) (from Ch. 120, par. 2007)
    Sec. 7. When a taxpayer does not pay the tax imposed by this Article to a retailer, such taxpayer shall file a return with the Department and pay the tax upon that portion of gross charges so paid to the retailer during the preceding calendar month by the 15th day of the month following that month. Such return shall be filed on a form prescribed by the Department and shall contain such information as the Department may reasonably require.
    When a taxpayer pays a tax imposed by this Article directly to the Department, the Department (upon request therefor from such taxpayer) shall issue an appropriate receipt to such taxpayer showing that he has paid such tax to the Department. Such receipt shall be sufficient to relieve the taxpayer from further liability for the amount of tax to which such receipt may refer.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/8

    (35 ILCS 630/8) (from Ch. 120, par. 2008)
    Sec. 8. If a person who originates or receives telecommunications in this State claims to be a reseller of such telecommunications, such person shall apply to the Department for a resale number. Such applicant shall state facts which will show the Department why such applicant is not liable for tax under this Article on any of his purchases and shall furnish such additional information as the Department may reasonably require.
    Upon approval of the application, the Department shall assign a resale number to the applicant and shall certify such number to him. The Department may cancel any such number which is obtained through misrepresentation, or which is used to originate or receive such telecommunications tax-free when such actions in fact are not for resale, or which no longer applies because of the person's having discontinued the making of resales.
    Except as provided hereinabove in this Section, the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in this State shall not be made tax-free on the ground of being a sale for resale unless the person has an active resale number from the Department and furnishes that number to the retailer in connection with certifying to the retailer that any sale to such person is nontaxable because of being a sale for resale.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/9

    (35 ILCS 630/9) (from Ch. 120, par. 2009)
    Sec. 9. All of the provisions of Sections 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5i, 5j, 6b, and 6c of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, which are not inconsistent with this Act, and Section 3-7 of the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act, shall apply, as far as practicable, to the subject matter of this Act to the same extent as if such provisions were included herein. References in such incorporated Sections of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act to retailers, to sellers or to persons engaged in the business of selling tangible personal property mean retailers, as defined in this Article, or persons engaged in the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications. References in such incorporated Sections of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act to purchasers of tangible personal property mean purchasers of telecommunications as defined in this Article. References in such incorporated Sections of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act to sales of tangible personal property mean the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications as defined in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 90-491, eff. 1-1-98.)

35 ILCS 630/10

    (35 ILCS 630/10) (from Ch. 120, par. 2010)
    Sec. 10. If it shall appear that an amount of tax or penalty or interest has been paid in error hereunder to the Department by a taxpayer, as distinguished from the retailer, whether such amount be paid through a mistake of fact or an error of law, such taxpayer may file a claim for credit or refund with the Department. If it shall appear that an amount of tax or penalty or interest has been paid in error to the Department hereunder by a retailer who is required or authorized to collect and remit the tax imposed by this Article, whether such amount be paid through a mistake of fact or an error of law, such retailer may file a claim for credit or refund with the Department, provided that no credit or refund shall be allowed for any amount paid by any such retailer unless it shall appear that he bore the burden of such amount and did not shift the burden thereof to anyone else, or unless it shall appear that he or she or his or her legal representative has unconditionally repaid such amount to his customer (1) who bore the burden thereof and has not shifted such burden directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever; or (2) who, if he or she shifted such burden, has repaid unconditionally such amount to his or her own customer; and (3) who is not entitled to receive any reimbursement therefor from any other source than from his retailer, nor to be relieved of such burden in any other manner whatsoever.
    If it is determined that the Department should issue a credit or refund under this Article, the Department may first apply the amount thereof against any amount of tax or penalty or interest due hereunder from the person entitled to such credit or refund. For this purpose, if proceedings are pending to determine whether or not any tax or penalty or interest is due under this Article from such person, the Department may withhold issuance of the credit or refund pending the final disposition of such proceedings and may apply such credit or refund against any amount found to be due to the Department as a result of such proceedings. The balance, if any, of the credit or refund shall be issued to the person entitled thereto.
    If no tax or penalty or interest is due and no proceeding is pending to determine whether such person is indebted to the Department for tax or penalty or interest, the credit memorandum or refund shall be issued to the claimant; or (in the case of a credit memorandum) the credit memorandum may be assigned and set over by the lawful holder thereof, subject to reasonable rules of the Department, to any other person who is subject to this Article, and the amount thereof shall be applied by the Department against any tax or penalty or interest due or to become due under this Article from such assignee.
    As to any claim for credit or refund filed with the Department on or after each January 1 and July 1, no amounts erroneously paid more than three years prior to such January 1 and July 1, respectively, shall be credited or refunded, except that if both the Department and the taxpayer have agreed to an extension of time to issue a notice of tax liability under this Act, the claim may be filed at any time prior to the expiration of the period agreed upon.
    Claims for credit or refund shall be filed upon forms provided by the Department. As soon as practicable after any claim for credit or refund is filed, the Department shall examine the same and determine the amount of credit or refund to which the claimant is entitled and shall notify the claimant of such determination, which amount shall be prima facie correct.
    A claim for credit or refund shall be considered to have been filed with the Department on the date upon which it is received by the Department. Upon receipt of any claim for credit or refund filed under this Article, any officer or employee of the Department, authorized in writing by the Director of Revenue to acknowledge receipt of such claims on behalf of the Department, shall execute on behalf of the Department, and shall deliver or mail to the claimant or his duly authorized agent, a written receipt, acknowledging that the claim has been filed with the Department, describing the claim in sufficient detail to identify it and stating the date upon which the claim was received by the Department. Such written receipt shall be prima facie evidence that the Department received the claim described in such receipt and shall be prima facie evidence of the date when such claim was received by the Department. In the absence of such a written receipt, the records of the Department as to when the claim was received by the Department, or as to whether or not the claim was received at all by the Department, shall be deemed to be prima facie correct upon these questions in the event of any dispute between the claimant (or his or her legal representative) and the Department concerning these questions.
    Any credit or refund that is allowed under this Article shall bear interest at the rate and in the manner specified in the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act.
    In case the Department determines that the claimant is entitled to a refund, such refund shall be made only from such appropriation as may be available for that purpose. If it appears unlikely that the amount appropriated would permit everyone having a claim allowed during the period covered by such appropriation to elect to receive a cash refund, the Department by rule or regulation shall provide for the payment of refunds in hardship cases and shall define what types of cases qualify as hardship cases.
    If a retailer who has failed to pay tax on gross charges for telecommunications is required by the Department to pay such tax, such retailer, without filing any formal claim with the Department, shall be allowed to take credit against such tax liability to the extent, if any, to which such retailer has paid the tax to its vendor of the telecommunications which such retailer purchased and used for resale, and no penalty or interest shall be charged to such retailer on the amount of such credit. However, when such credit is allowed to the retailer by the Department, the vendor is precluded from refunding any of the tax to the retailer and filing a claim for credit or refund with respect thereto with the Department. The provisions of this Section added by this amendatory Act of 1988 shall be applied retroactively, regardless of the date of the transaction.
(Source: P.A. 90-491, eff. 1-1-98.)

35 ILCS 630/11

    (35 ILCS 630/11) (from Ch. 120, par. 2011)
    Sec. 11. Every retailer maintaining a place of business in this State under this Article and every taxpayer making direct tax payments to the Department under this Article shall keep books, records, papers and other documents which are adequate to reflect the information required by Sections 6 and 7 of this Article to be reported to the Department by filing timely returns with the Department. The Department may adopt rules that establish requirements, including record forms and formats, for records required to be kept and maintained by taxpayers. For purposes of this Section, "records" means all data maintained by the taxpayer, including data on paper, microfilm, microfiche or any type of machine-sensible data compilation. All books and records and other papers and documents required by this Article to be kept shall be kept in the English language and shall, at all times during business hours of the day, be subject to inspection by the Department or its duly authorized agents and employees.
    The Department may, upon written authorization of the Director, destroy any returns or records, papers or memoranda pertaining to such returns upon the expiration of any period covered by such returns with respect to which the Department is authorized to establish liability.
(Source: P.A. 88-480.)

35 ILCS 630/12

    (35 ILCS 630/12) (from Ch. 120, par. 2012)
    Sec. 12. For the purpose of administering and enforcing the provisions of this Article, the Department or any officer or employee of the Department designated, in writing, by the Director thereof, may hold investigations and, except for matters otherwise reserved to the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal, may hold hearings concerning any matters covered by this Article and may examine any books, papers, records or memoranda bearing upon the business transacted or purchased by any such retailer or taxpayer and may require the attendance of such retailer or taxpayer or any officer or employee of such, or of any person having knowledge of such business, and may take testimony and require proof of its information. In the conduct of any investigation or hearing, neither the Department nor any officer or employee thereof shall be bound by the technical rules of evidence, and no informality in any proceeding, or in the manner of taking testimony, shall invalidate any order, decision, rule or regulation made or approved or confirmed by the Department. The Director or any officer or employee thereof shall have power to administer oaths to any such persons. The books, papers, records and memoranda of the Department, or parts thereof, may be provided in any hearing, investigation or legal proceeding by a reproduced copy thereof under the certificate of the Director. Such reproduced copy shall, without further proof, be admitted into evidence before the Department or in any legal proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 97-1129, eff. 8-28-12.)

35 ILCS 630/13

    (35 ILCS 630/13) (from Ch. 120, par. 2013)
    Sec. 13. No person shall be excused from testifying or from producing any books, papers, records or memoranda in any investigation or upon any hearing, when ordered to do so by the Department or any officer or employee thereof, upon the ground that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, may tend to incriminate him or subject him to criminal penalty, but no person shall be prosecuted or subjected to any criminal penalty for, or on account of, any transaction made or thing concerning which he may testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, before the Department or any officer or employee thereof; provided that such immunity shall extend only to a natural person who, in obedience to a subpoena, gives testimony under oath or produces evidence, documentary or otherwise, under oath. No person so testifying shall be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/14

    (35 ILCS 630/14) (from Ch. 120, par. 2014)
    Sec. 14. The Department or any officer or employee of the Department designated, in writing, by the Director thereof, shall at its or his or her own instance, or on the written request of any party to the proceeding, issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of and the giving of testimony by witnesses, and subpoenas duces tecum requiring the production of books, papers, records or memoranda. All subpoenas issued under this Article may be served by any person of full age. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit court of this State; such fees to be paid when the witness is excused from further attendance. When the witness is subpoenaed at the instance of the Department or any officer or employee thereof, such fees shall be paid in the same manner as other expenses of the Department, and when the witness is subpoenaed at the instance of any retailer or taxpayer to any such proceeding, the Department may require that the cost of service of the subpoena and the fee of the witness be borne by the retailer or taxpayer at whose instance the witness is summoned. In such case, the Department, in its discretion, may require a deposit to cover the cost of such service and witness fees. A subpoena issued as aforesaid shall be served in the same manner as a subpoena issued out of a court.
    Any circuit court of this State, upon the application of the Department or any officer or employee thereof may, in its discretion, compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books, papers, records or memoranda and the giving of testimony before the Department or any officer or employee thereof conducting an investigation or holding a hearing authorized by this Article, by an attachment for contempt, or otherwise, in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before the court.
    The Department or any officer or employee thereof, or any party in an investigation or hearing before the Department, may cause the depositions of witnesses residing within or without the State to be taken in the manner prescribed by law for like depositions in civil actions in courts of this State, and, to that end, compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records or memoranda.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/15

    (35 ILCS 630/15) (from Ch. 120, par. 2015)
    Sec. 15. Confidential information. All information received by the Department from returns filed under this Article, or from any investigations conducted under this Article, 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 B misdemeanor.
    Provided, that nothing contained in this Article shall prevent the Director from publishing or making available to the public the names and addresses of retailers or taxpayers filing returns under this Article, or from publishing or making available reasonable statistics concerning the operation of the tax wherein the contents of returns are grouped into aggregates in such a way that the information contained in any individual return shall not be disclosed.
    And provided, that nothing contained in this Article shall prevent the Director from making available 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 the administration of this Article, if 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 filed and information related thereto under this Article is deemed to be an official purpose within the meaning of this Section.
    The furnishing of financial information to a municipality that has imposed a tax under the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act, upon request of the chief executive thereof, is an official purpose within the meaning of this Section, provided that the municipality agrees in writing to the requirements of this Section. Information so provided shall be 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 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 following taxpayer information is not disclosed:
        (1) The names, addresses, and identification numbers
    
of the taxpayer, related entities, and employees.
        (2) At the sole discretion of the Director, trade
    
secrets or other confidential information identified as such by the taxpayer, no later than 30 days after receipt of an administrative decision, by such means as the Department shall provide by rule.
    The Director shall determine the appropriate extent of the deletions allowed in paragraph (2). In the event the taxpayer does not submit deletions, 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 administrative 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 Fund.
    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 by an authorized representative of the taxpayer.
(Source: P.A. 94-1074, eff. 12-26-06.)

35 ILCS 630/16

    (35 ILCS 630/16) (from Ch. 120, par. 2016)
    Sec. 16. Except as otherwise provided in this Section with respect to the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal, the circuit court of any county wherein a hearing is held shall have power to review all final administrative decisions of the Department in administering the provision of this Article: Provided that if the administrative proceeding which is to be reviewed judicially is a claim for refund proceeding commenced under this Article and Section 2a of "An Act in relation to the payment and disposition of moneys received by officers and employees of the State of Illinois by virtue of their office or employment", approved June 9, 1911, as amended, the circuit court having jurisdiction of the action for judicial review under this Section and under the Administrative Review Law shall be the same court that entered the temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction which is provided for in Section 2a of "An Act in relation to the payment and disposition of moneys received by officers and employees of the State of Illinois by virtue of their office or employment", and which enables such claim proceeding to be processed and disposed of as a claim for refund proceeding rather than as a claim for credit proceeding.
    Except as otherwise provided in this Section with respect to the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal, the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    The provisions of the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act of 2012, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal.
    Service upon the Director or Assistant Director of the Department of Revenue of summons issued in any action to review a final administrative decision shall be service upon the Department. The Department shall certify the record of its proceedings if the taxpayer shall pay to it the sum of 75 per page of testimony taken before the Department and 25 per page of all other matters contained in such record, except that these charges may be waived where the Department is satisfied that the aggrieved party is a poor person who cannot afford to pay such charges.
(Source: P.A. 97-1129, eff. 8-28-12.)

35 ILCS 630/17

    (35 ILCS 630/17) (from Ch. 120, par. 2017)
    Sec. 17. The Department may make, promulgate and enforce such reasonable rules and regulations relating to the administration and enforcement of this Article as may be deemed expedient.
    Any informal rulings, opinions or letters issued by the Department in response to any inquiry or request for any opinion from any person regarding the coverage and applicability of this Article shall be maintained as a public record, and made available for public inspection and copying. If the informal ruling, opinion or letter contains trade secrets or other confidential information, where possible the Department shall delete such information prior to publication. Whenever such informal rulings, opinions or letters contain any policy of general applicability, the Department shall formulate and adopt such policy as a rule in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    Whenever notice to a retailer or taxpayer is required by this Article, such notice may be personally served or given by United States certified or registered mail, addressed to the retailer or taxpayer concerned at his last known address, and proof of such mailing shall be sufficient for the purposes of this Article. In the case of a notice of hearing, such notice shall be mailed not less than 7 days prior to the date fixed for the hearing.
    All hearings provided for in this Article with respect to a retailer or taxpayer having his principal place of business in any of the several counties of this State shall be held in the county wherein the retailer or taxpayer has his principal place of business. If the retailer or taxpayer does not have his principal place of business in this State, such hearings shall be held in Sangamon County.
    Whenever any proceeding provided by this Article has been begun by the Department or by a person subject thereto and such person thereafter dies or becomes a person under legal disability before the proceeding has been concluded, the legal representative of the deceased person or a person under legal disability shall notify the Department of such death or legal disability. The legal representative, as such, shall then be substituted by the Department in place of and for the person. Within 20 days after notice to the legal representative of the time fixed for that purpose, the proceeding may proceed in all respects and with like effect as though the person had not died or become a person under legal disability.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/18

    (35 ILCS 630/18) (from Ch. 120, par. 2018)
    Sec. 18. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Department of Revenue under this Article, except that: (1) paragraph (b) of Section 5-10 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act does not apply to final orders, decisions and opinions of the Department; (2) subparagraph (a)(2) of Section 5-10 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act does not apply to forms established by the Department for use under this Article; and (3) the provisions of Section 10-45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act regarding proposals for decision are excluded and not applicable to the Department under this Article to the extent Section 10-45 applies to hearings not otherwise subject to the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Act of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 97-1129, eff. 8-28-12.)

35 ILCS 630/19

    (35 ILCS 630/19) (from Ch. 120, par. 2019)
    Sec. 19. Any retailer or taxpayer who fails to make a return, or who makes a fraudulent return, or who wilfully violates any other provision of this Article or any rule or regulation of the Department for the administration and enforcement of this Article, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/20

    (35 ILCS 630/20) (from Ch. 120, par. 2020)
    Sec. 20. If any clause, sentence, Section, provision or part of this Article or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, other than the applicability of the Article to messages originating or terminating outside this State, shall be adjudged to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Article or its application to persons or circumstances other than those to which it is held invalid shall not be affected thereby. In particular, if any provision which exempts or has the effect of exempting some class of persons or some act or privilege of sending or receiving telecommunication from the tax imposed by this Article should be held to constitute or to result in an invalid classification or to be unconstitutional for some other reason, such provision shall be deemed to be severable, with the remainder of this Article, without said provision, being held constitutional.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

35 ILCS 630/21

    (35 ILCS 630/21) (from Ch. 120, par. 2021)
    Sec. 21. If Section 4 of this Article is declared unconstitutional or invalid, no part of this Article shall be effective.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)