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BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
(805 ILCS 5/) Business Corporation Act of 1983.

805 ILCS 5/Art. 15

 
    (805 ILCS 5/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. FEES, FRANCHISE TAXES AND CHARGES

805 ILCS 5/15.05

    (805 ILCS 5/15.05) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.05)
    Sec. 15.05. Fees, franchise taxes, and charges to be collected by Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall charge and collect in accordance with the provisions of this Act:
    (a) Fees for filing documents.
    (b) License fees.
    (c) Franchise taxes.
    (d) Miscellaneous charges.
    (e) Fees for filing annual reports.
(Source: P.A. 93-59, eff. 7-1-03.)

805 ILCS 5/15.10

    (805 ILCS 5/15.10) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.10)
    Sec. 15.10. Fees for filing documents. The Secretary of State shall charge and collect for:
    (a) Filing articles of incorporation, $150.
    (b) Filing articles of amendment, $50, unless the amendment is a restatement of the articles of incorporation, in which case the fee shall be $150.
    (c) Filing articles of merger or consolidation, $100, but if the merger or consolidation involves more than 2 corporations, $50 for each additional corporation.
    (d) Filing articles of share exchange, $100.
    (e) Filing articles of dissolution, $5.
    (f) Filing application to reserve a corporate name, $25.
    (g) Filing a notice of transfer of a reserved corporate name, $25.
    (h) Filing statement of change of address of registered office or change of registered agent, or both, $25.
    (i) Filing statement of the establishment of a series of shares, $25.
    (j) Filing an application of a foreign corporation for authority to transact business in this State, $150.
    (k) Filing an application of a foreign corporation for amended authority to transact business in this State, $25.
    (l) Filing a copy of amendment to the articles of incorporation of a foreign corporation holding authority to transact business in this State, $50, unless the amendment is a restatement of the articles of incorporation, in which case the fee shall be $150.
    (m) Filing a copy of articles of merger of a foreign corporation holding a certificate of authority to transact business in this State, $100, but if the merger involves more than 2 corporations, $50 for each additional corporation.
    (n) Filing an application for withdrawal and final report or a copy of articles of dissolution of a foreign corporation, $25.
    (o) Filing an annual report, interim annual report, or final transition annual report of a domestic or foreign corporation, $75.
    (p) Filing an application for reinstatement of a domestic or a foreign corporation, $200.
    (q) Filing an application for use of an assumed corporate name, $150 for each year or part thereof ending in 0 or 5, $120 for each year or part thereof ending in 1 or 6, $90 for each year or part thereof ending in 2 or 7, $60 for each year or part thereof ending in 3 or 8, $30 for each year or part thereof ending in 4 or 9, between the date of filing the application and the date of the renewal of the assumed corporate name; and a renewal fee for each assumed corporate name, $150.
    (r) To change an assumed corporate name for the period remaining until the renewal date of the original assumed name, $25.
    (s) Filing an application for cancellation of an assumed corporate name, $5.
    (t) Filing an application to register the corporate name of a foreign corporation, $50; and an annual renewal fee for the registered name, $50.
    (u) Filing an application for cancellation of a registered name of a foreign corporation, $25.
    (v) Filing a statement of correction, $50.
    (w) Filing a petition for refund or adjustment, $5.
    (x) Filing a statement of election of an extended filing month, $25.
    (y) Filing any other statement or report, $5.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

805 ILCS 5/15.12

    (805 ILCS 5/15.12)
    Sec. 15.12. Disposition of fees. Of the total money collected for the filing of an annual report under this Act, $15 of the filing fee shall be paid into the Secretary of State Special Services Fund. The remaining $60 shall be deposited into the General Revenue Fund in the State Treasury.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 12-1-03.)

805 ILCS 5/15.15

    (805 ILCS 5/15.15) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.15)
    Sec. 15.15. Miscellaneous charges. The Secretary of State shall charge and collect;
    (a) For furnishing a copy or certified copy of any document, instrument, or paper relating to a corporation, or for a certificate, $25.
    (b) At the time of any service of process, notice or demand on him or her as resident agent of a corporation, $10, which amount may be recovered as taxable costs by the party to the suit or action causing such service to be made if such party prevails in the suit or action.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 12-1-03.)

805 ILCS 5/15.20

    (805 ILCS 5/15.20) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.20)
    Sec. 15.20. License fees payable by domestic corporations. For the privilege of exercising its franchises in this State, the Secretary of State shall charge and collect from each domestic corporation the following license fees, computed on the basis and at the rates prescribed in this Act:
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this Section, an additional license fee at the time of filing (1) a report of the issuance of additional shares, or (2) a report of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or (3) an amendment to the articles of incorporation or a report of cumulative changes in paid-in capital or of an exchange or reclassification of shares, whenever any amendment or report discloses an increase in its paid-in capital over the amount thereof last reported in any document, other than an annual report, interim annual report, or final transition annual report, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this Section, an additional license fee at the time of filing a report of paid-in capital following a merger or consolidation that discloses that the paid-in capital of the surviving or new corporation immediately after the merger or consolidation is greater than the sum of the paid-in capital of all of the merged or consolidated corporations as last reported by them in any documents, other than annual reports, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (c) The additional license fees referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section shall not be payable with respect to issuances of shares or increases in paid-in capital that occur subsequent to both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month of a corporation in 1991.
(Source: P.A. 86-985; 86-1217.)

805 ILCS 5/15.25

    (805 ILCS 5/15.25) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.25)
    Sec. 15.25. Basis of computation of license fees payable by domestic corporations.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Section, the basis for each additional license fee payable by a domestic corporation, except in the case of a statutory merger or consolidation, shall be the amount, expressed in dollars, of the increase in its paid-in capital over the amount thereof last reported in any document, other than an annual report, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Section, the basis for an additional license fee payable by the surviving or new corporation, in case of a statutory merger or consolidation of domestic corporations shall be the amount, expressed in dollars, of the increase in the paid-in capital of the surviving or new corporation immediately after the merger or consolidation over the sum of the paid-in capital of all of the merged or consolidated corporations, as last reported by them in any document, other than annual reports, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (c) The additional license fees referred to in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section shall not be payable with respect to issuances of shares or increases in paid-in capital that occur subsequent to both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month of the corporation in 1991.
    (d) No basis under this Section may consist of any redeemable preference shares sold to the United States Secretary of Transportation under Sections 505 and 506 of Public Law 94-210.
(Source: P.A. 86-985; 86-1217.)

805 ILCS 5/15.30

    (805 ILCS 5/15.30) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.30)
    Sec. 15.30. Rate of license fees payable by domestic corporations. The license fees payable by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of one-twentieth of one per cent of the basis prescribed in this Act for the computation thereof.
(Source: P.A. 86-985.)

805 ILCS 5/15.35

    (805 ILCS 5/15.35) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.35)
    Sec. 15.35. Franchise taxes payable by domestic corporations. For the privilege of exercising its franchises in this State, each domestic corporation shall pay to the Secretary of State the following franchise taxes, computed on the basis, at the rates and for the periods prescribed in this Act:
    (a) An initial franchise tax at the time of filing its first report of issuance of shares.
    (b) An additional franchise tax at the time of filing (1) a report of the issuance of additional shares, or (2) a report of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or (3) an amendment to the articles of incorporation or a report of cumulative changes in paid-in capital, whenever any amendment or such report discloses an increase in its paid-in capital over the amount thereof last reported in any document, other than an annual report, interim annual report or final transition annual report required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (c) An additional franchise tax at the time of filing a report of paid-in capital following a statutory merger or consolidation, which discloses that the paid-in capital of the surviving or new corporation immediately after the merger or consolidation is greater than the sum of the paid-in capital of all of the merged or consolidated corporations as last reported by them in any documents, other than annual reports, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State; and in addition, the surviving or new corporation shall be liable for a further additional franchise tax on the paid-in capital of each of the merged or consolidated corporations as last reported by them in any document, other than an annual report, required by this Act to be filed with the Secretary of State from their taxable year end to the next succeeding anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation which has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation; however if the taxable year ends within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation which has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation the tax will be computed to the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation which has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation in the next succeeding calendar year.
    (d) An annual franchise tax payable each year with the annual report which the corporation is required by this Act to file.
(Source: P.A. 86-985.)

805 ILCS 5/15.40

    (805 ILCS 5/15.40) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.40)
    Sec. 15.40. Basis for computation of franchise taxes payable by domestic corporations.
    (a) The basis for the initial franchise tax payable by a domestic corporation shall be the amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital as disclosed by its first report of the issuance of shares.
    (b) The basis for an additional franchise tax payable by a domestic corporation, except in the case of a statutory merger or consolidation, shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital as disclosed by any report of issuance of additional shares, or of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or of an exchange or reclassification of shares, or of cumulative changes in paid-in capital.
    (c) In the case of a statutory merger or consolidation of domestic corporations, the basis for an additional franchise tax payable by the surviving or new corporation shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section of the paid-in capital of the surviving or new corporation immediately after the merger or consolidation over the aggregate of the amounts represented in this State of the paid-in capital of the merged or consolidated corporations disclosed by the latest reports filed by those corporations, respectively, with the Secretary of State as required by this Act; provided, however, the basis for a further additional franchise tax payable by the surviving or new corporation shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, on the paid-in capital of each of the merged or consolidated corporations as last reported by it in any document, other than an annual report, required by this Act to be filed with the Secretary of State, from its taxable year end to the next succeeding anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the next succeeding extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation; however if the taxable year ends within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the next succeeding extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation the tax shall be computed to the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the next succeeding extended filing month of the surviving or new corporation in the next succeeding calendar year.
    (d) The basis for the annual franchise tax payable by a domestic corporation shall be the amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital on the last day of the third month preceding the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, on the last day of the corporation's fiscal year preceding the extended filing month.
    (e) For the purpose of determining the amount represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a domestic corporation, the amount represented in this State shall be that proportion of its paid-in capital that the sum of (1) the value of its property located in this State and (2) the gross amount of business transacted by it at or from places of business in this State bears to the sum of (1) the value of all of its property, wherever located, and (2) the gross amount of its business, wherever transacted, except as follows:
        (1) If the corporation elects in its annual report in
    
any year to pay its franchise tax upon its entire paid-in capital, all franchise taxes accruing against the corporation for that taxable year shall be computed accordingly until the corporation elects otherwise in an annual report for a subsequent year.
        (2) If the corporation fails to file its annual
    
report or final transition annual report in any year within the time prescribed by this Act, the proportion of its paid-in capital represented in this State shall be deemed to be its entire paid-in capital unless its annual report is thereafter filed and its franchise taxes are thereafter adjusted by the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of this Act, in which case the proportion shall likewise be adjusted to the same proportion that would have prevailed if the corporation had filed its annual report within the time prescribed by this Act.
        (3) In the case of a statutory merger or
    
consolidation that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the corporation's anniversary month in 1991, the amount of the paid-in capital represented in this State of the surviving or new corporation immediately after the merger or consolidation, until the filing of the next annual report of such corporation, shall be deemed to be that proportion of the paid-in capital of the surviving or new corporation that the aggregate amounts represented in this State of the sum of the paid-in capital of the merged or consolidated corporations, separately determined, bore to the total of the sum of the paid-in capital of all of the merged or consolidated corporations immediately prior to the merger or consolidation.
    (f) For increases in paid-in capital that occur either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the corporation's anniversary month in 1991, the proportion corporation on file on the date represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a domestic corporation shall be determined from information contained in the latest annual report of the corporation on file on the date the particular increase in paid-in capital is shown to have been made, or, if no annual report was on file on the date of the increase, from information contained in its articles of incorporation, or, in case of a merger or consolidation that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the corporation's anniversary month in 1991, from information contained in the report of the surviving or new corporation of the amount of its paid-in capital following the merger or consolidation. For increases in paid-in capital that occur after both December 31, 1990 and the last day of such third month, the proportion represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a domestic corporation shall be determined from information contained in the latest annual report of the corporation for the taxable period in which the particular increase in paid-in capital is shown to have been made or, if no annual report was on file on the date of the increase, from information contained in its articles of incorporation.
    (g) No basis under this Section may consist of any redeemable preference shares sold to the United States Secretary of Transportation under Sections 505 and 506 of Public Law 94-210.
(Source: P.A. 91-464, eff. 1-1-00.)

805 ILCS 5/15.45

    (805 ILCS 5/15.45) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.45)
    Sec. 15.45. Rate of franchise taxes payable by domestic corporations.
    (a) The annual franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month or fraction thereof for the period commencing on the first day of July 1983 to the first day of the anniversary month in 1984, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.08333 per month assessed on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $83,333.333333 per month; commencing on January 1, 1984 to the first day of the anniversary month in 2004, the annual franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month or, in cases where a corporation has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the corporation, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum; commencing with the first anniversary month that occurs after December, 2003, the annual franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month or, in cases where a corporation has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the corporation, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $2,000,000 per annum.
    (b) The annual franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation at the time of filing a statement of election and interim annual report in connection with an anniversary month prior to January, 2004 shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12 month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month of the corporation next following such filing, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum; commencing with the first anniversary month that occurs after December, 2003, the annual franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation at the time of filing a statement of election and interim annual report shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month of the corporation next following such filing, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $2,000,000 per annum.
    (c) The annual franchise tax payable at the time of filing the final transition annual report in connection with an anniversary month prior to January, 2004 shall be an amount equal to (i) 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% per month of the proportion of paid-in capital represented in this State as shown in the final transition annual report multiplied by (ii) the number of months commencing with the anniversary month next following the filing of the statement of election until, but excluding, the second extended filing month, less the annual franchise tax theretofore paid at the time of filing the statement of election, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.08333 per month assessed on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $83,333.333333 per month; commencing with the first anniversary month that occurs after December, 2003, the annual franchise tax payable at the time of filing the final transition annual report shall be an amount equal to (i) 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% per month of the proportion of paid-in capital represented in this State as shown in the final transition annual report multiplied by (ii) the number of months commencing with the anniversary month next following the filing of the statement of election until, but excluding, the second extended filing month, less the annual franchise tax theretofore paid at the time of filing the statement of election, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.08333 per month assessed on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $166,666.666666 per month.
    (d) The initial franchise tax payable after January 1, 1983, but prior to January 1, 1991, by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12 months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month in which the articles of incorporation are filed by the corporation under Section 2.10 of this Act, but in no event shall the franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum. The initial franchise tax payable on or after January 1, 1991, but prior to January 1, 2004, by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 15/100 of 1% for the 12 month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month in which the articles of incorporation are filed in accordance with Section 2.10 of this Act, but in no event shall the initial franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum plus 1/20th of 1% of the basis therefor. The initial franchise tax payable on or after January 1, 2004, by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 15/100 of 1% for the 12-month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month in which the articles of incorporation are filed in accordance with Section 2.10 of this Act, but in no event shall the initial franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $2,000,000 per annum plus 1/10th of 1% of the basis therefor.
    (e) Each additional franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation for the period beginning January 1, 1983 through December 31, 1983 shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month or fraction thereof, between the date of each respective increase in its paid-in capital and its anniversary month in 1984; thereafter until the last day of the month that is both after December 31, 1990 and the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month in 1991, each additional franchise tax payable by each domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month, or fraction thereof, between the date of each respective increase in its paid-in capital and its next anniversary month; however, if the increase occurs within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month, the tax shall be computed to the anniversary month of the next succeeding calendar year. Commencing with increases in paid-in capital that occur subsequent to both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month in 1991, the additional franchise tax payable by a domestic corporation shall be computed at the rate of 15/100 of 1%.
(Source: P.A. 96-66, eff. 1-1-10.)

805 ILCS 5/15.50

    (805 ILCS 5/15.50) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.50)
    Sec. 15.50. License fees payable by foreign corporations. For the privilege of exercising its authority to transact business in this State as set out in its application therefor or any amendment thereto, the Secretary of State shall charge and collect from each foreign corporation the following license fees, computed on the basis and at the rates prescribed in this Act:
    (a) An initial license fee at the time of filing its application for authority to transact business in this State whenever the application indicates the corporation commenced transacting business prior to January 1, 1991.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (e) of this Section, an additional license fee at the time of filing (1) a report of the issuance of additional shares, or (2) a report of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or (3) a report of cumulative changes in paid-in capital or of an exchange or reclassification of shares, whenever the report discloses an increase in the amount represented in this State of its paid-in capital over the greatest amount thereof theretofore reported in any document required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (c) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (e) of this Section, whenever the corporation shall be a party to a statutory merger and shall be the surviving corporation, an additional license fee at the time of filing its report following merger, if the report discloses that the amount represented in this State of its paid-in capital immediately after the merger is greater than the aggregate of the amounts represented in this State of the paid-in capital of all of the merged corporations.
    (d) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (e) of this Section, an additional license fee payable with the annual franchise tax each year in which the corporation is required by this Act to file an annual report whenever the report discloses an increase in the amount represented in this State of its paid-in capital over the amount previously determined to be represented in this State in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (e) The additional license fee referred to in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of this Section shall not be payable with respect to issuances of shares or increases in paid-in capital that occur subsequent to both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month of a foreign corporation in 1991 or to an increase in the amount represented in this State of its paid-in capital over the amount previously determined to be represented in this State in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-33, eff. 7-1-01.)

805 ILCS 5/15.55

    (805 ILCS 5/15.55) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.55)
    Sec. 15.55. Basis of computation of license fee payable by foreign corporations.
    (a) The basis for the initial license fee payable by a foreign corporation shall be the amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital whenever the application for authority indicates the corporation commenced transacting business in this State prior to January 1, 1991.
    (b) The basis for an additional license fee payable by a foreign corporation, except in the case of a statutory merger, shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital as disclosed by the annual report, by any report of issuance of additional shares, or of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or of an exchange or reclassification of shares, or of cumulative changes in paid-in capital, but the basis shall not include any increases in its paid-in capital represented in this State that occur after both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding its anniversary month in 1991.
    (c) Whenever a foreign corporation shall be a party to a statutory merger that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month immediately preceding the surviving corporation's anniversary month in 1991 and shall be the surviving corporation, the basis for an additional license fee shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of the paid-in capital of the surviving corporation immediately after the merger over the aggregate of the amounts represented in this State of the paid-in capital of the merged corporations.
    (d) For the purpose of determining the amount represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a foreign corporation that shall be a party to a statutory merger that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month immediately preceding the surviving corporation's anniversary month in 1991, the amount represented in this State shall be that proportion of its paid-in capital that the sum of (1) the value of its property located in this State and (2) the gross amount of business transacted by it at or from places of business in this State bears to the sum of (1) the value of all of its property, wherever located, and (2) the gross amount of its business, wherever transacted.
    (e) The proportion represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a foreign corporation shall be determined from information contained in the latest annual report of the corporation on file on the date the particular increase in paid-in capital is shown to have been made, or, if no annual report was on file on the date of the increase, from information contained in the application of the corporation for authority to transact business in this State, or, in case of a merger that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month immediately preceding the surviving corporation's anniversary month in 1991, from information contained in the report of the surviving corporation of the amount of its paid-in capital following the merger.
    (f) No basis under this Section may consist of any redeemable preference shares sold to the United States Secretary of Transportation under Sections 505 and 506 of Public Law 94-210.
(Source: P.A. 92-33, eff. 7-1-01.)

805 ILCS 5/15.60

    (805 ILCS 5/15.60) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.60)
    Sec. 15.60. Rate of license fees payable by foreign corporations. The initial license fee and all additional license fees payable by a foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of one-twentieth of one per cent of the basis prescribed in this Act for the computation of the initial license fee and additional license fees, respectively, but the initial license fee shall not be less than 50 cents.
(Source: P.A. 83-1025.)

805 ILCS 5/15.65

    (805 ILCS 5/15.65) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.65)
    Sec. 15.65. Franchise taxes payable by foreign corporations. For the privilege of exercising its authority to transact such business in this State as set out in its application therefor or any amendment thereto, each foreign corporation shall pay to the Secretary of State the following franchise taxes, computed on the basis, at the rates and for the periods prescribed in this Act:
    (a) An initial franchise tax at the time of filing its application for authority to transact business in this State.
    (b) An additional franchise tax at the time of filing (1) a report of the issuance of additional shares, or (2) a report of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or (3) a report of cumulative changes in paid-in capital or a report of an exchange or reclassification of shares, whenever any such report discloses an increase in its paid-in capital over the amount thereof last reported in any document, other than an annual report, interim annual report or final transition annual report, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (c) Whenever the corporation shall be a party to a statutory merger and shall be the surviving corporation, an additional franchise tax at the time of filing its report following merger, if such report discloses that the amount represented in this State of its paid-in capital immediately after the merger is greater than the aggregate of the amounts represented in this State of the paid-in capital of such of the merged corporations as were authorized to transact business in this State at the time of the merger, as last reported by them in any documents, other than annual reports, required by this Act to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State; and in addition, the surviving corporation shall be liable for a further additional franchise tax on the paid-in capital of each of the merged corporations as last reported by them in any document, other than an annual report, required by this Act to be filed with the Secretary of State, from their taxable year end to the next succeeding anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation which has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving corporation; however if the taxable year ends within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month or the extended filing month of the surviving corporation, the tax will be computed to the anniversary or, extended filing month of the surviving corporation in the next succeeding calendar year.
    (d) An annual franchise tax payable each year with any annual report which the corporation is required by this Act to file.
(Source: P.A. 92-33, eff. 7-1-01.)

805 ILCS 5/15.70

    (805 ILCS 5/15.70) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.70)
    Sec. 15.70. Basis for computation of franchise taxes payable by foreign corporations.
    (a) The basis for the initial franchise tax payable by a foreign corporation shall be the amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital as disclosed by its application for authority to transact business in this State.
    (b) The basis for an additional franchise tax payable by a corporation, except in the case of a statutory merger, shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital as disclosed by any report of issuance of additional shares, or of an increase in paid-in capital without the issuance of shares, or of an exchange or reclassification of shares, or of cumulative changes in paid-in capital.
    (c) Whenever a foreign corporation shall be a party to a statutory merger and shall be the surviving corporation, the basis for an additional franchise tax shall be the increased amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of the paid-in capital of the surviving corporation immediately after the merger over the aggregate of the amounts represented in this State of the paid-in capital of the merged corporations; provided, however, the basis for a further additional franchise tax payable by the surviving corporation shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, on the paid-in capital of each of the merged corporations from its taxable year end to the next succeeding anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving corporation; however if the taxable year ends within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving corporation, the tax shall be computed to the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the surviving corporation in the next succeeding calendar year.
    (d) The basis for the annual franchise tax payable by a foreign corporation shall be the amount represented in this State, determined in accordance with the provisions of this Section, of its paid-in capital on the last day of the third month preceding the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, on the last day of the corporation's fiscal year preceding the extended filing month.
    (e) The amount represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a foreign corporation shall be that proportion of its paid-in capital that the sum of (1) the value of its property located in this State and (2) the gross amount of business transacted by it at or from places of business in this State bears to the sum of (1) the value of all of its property, wherever located, and (2) the gross amount of its business, wherever transacted, except as follows:
        (1) If the corporation elects in its annual report in
    
any year to pay its franchise tax upon its entire paid-in capital, all franchise taxes accruing against the corporation for that taxable year shall be computed accordingly until the corporation elects otherwise in an annual report for a subsequent year.
        (2) If the corporation fails to file its annual
    
report in any year within the time prescribed by this Act, the proportion of its paid-in capital represented in this State shall be deemed to be its entire paid-in capital, unless its annual report is thereafter filed and its franchise taxes are thereafter adjusted by the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of this Act, in which case the proportion shall likewise be adjusted to the same proportion that would have prevailed if the corporation had filed its annual report within the time prescribed by this Act.
        (3) In the case of a statutory merger that becomes
    
effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the corporation's anniversary month in 1991, the amount of the paid-in capital represented in this State of the surviving corporation immediately after the merger, until the filing of the next annual report of such corporation, shall be deemed to be that proportion of the paid-in capital of the surviving corporation that the aggregate amounts represented in this State of the sum of the paid-in capital of the merged corporations, separately determined, bore to the total of the sum of the paid-in capital of all of the merged corporations immediately prior to the merger.
    (f) For increases in paid-in capital that occur either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the corporation's anniversary month in 1991, the proportion represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a foreign corporation shall be determined from information contained in the latest annual report of the corporation on file on the date the particular increase in paid-in capital is shown to have been made, or, if no annual report was on file on the date of the increase, from information contained in its application for authority to transact business in this State, or, in case of a merger that becomes effective either prior to January 1, 1991 or on or prior to the last day of the third month preceding the surviving corporation's anniversary month in 1991, from information contained in the report of the surviving corporation of the amount of its paid-in capital following the merger. For changes in paid-in capital that occur after both December 31, 1990 and the last day of such third month, the proportion represented in this State of the paid-in capital of a corporation shall be determined from information contained in the latest annual report of the corporation for the taxable period in which the particular increase in paid-in capital is shown to have been made or, if no annual report was on file on the date of the increase, from information contained in its application for authority to transact business in Illinois.
    (g) No basis under this Section may consist of any redeemable preference shares sold to the United States Secretary of Transportation under Sections 505 and 506 of Public Law 94-210.
(Source: P.A. 91-464, eff. 1-1-00; 92-33, eff. 7-1-01.)

805 ILCS 5/15.75

    (805 ILCS 5/15.75) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.75)
    Sec. 15.75. Rate of franchise taxes payable by foreign corporations.
    (a) The annual franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month or fraction thereof for the period commencing on the first day of July 1983 to the first day of the anniversary month in 1984, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.083333 per month based on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $83,333.333333 per month; commencing on January 1, 1984 to the first day of the anniversary month in 2004, the annual franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the corporation, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum; commencing on January 1, 2004, the annual franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation that has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of the corporation, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $2,000,000 per annum.
    (b) The annual franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation at the time of filing a statement of election and interim annual report in connection with an anniversary month prior to January, 2004 shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12 month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month of the corporation next following the filing, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum; commencing with the first anniversary month that occurs after December, 2003, the annual franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation at the time of filing a statement of election and interim annual report shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12-month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month of the corporation next following such filing, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $2,000,000 per annum.
    (c) The annual franchise tax payable at the time of filing the final transition annual report in connection with an anniversary month prior to January, 2004 shall be an amount equal to (i) 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% per month of the proportion of paid-in capital represented in this State as shown in the final transition annual report multiplied by (ii) the number of months commencing with the anniversary month next following the filing of the statement of election until, but excluding, the second extended filing month, less the annual franchise tax theretofore paid at the time of filing the statement of election, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.083333 per month based on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $83,333.333333 per month; commencing with the first anniversary month that occurs after December, 2003, the annual franchise tax payable at the time of filing the final transition annual report shall be an amount equal to (i) 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% per month of the proportion of paid-in capital represented in this State as shown in the final transition annual report multiplied by (ii) the number of months commencing with the anniversary month next following the filing of the statement of election until, but excluding, the second extended filing month, less the annual franchise tax theretofore paid at the time of filing the statement of election, but in no event shall the amount of the annual franchise tax be less than $2.083333 per month based on a minimum of $25 per annum or more than $166,666.666666 per month.
    (d) The initial franchise tax payable after January 1, 1983, but prior to January 1, 1991, by each foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/10 of 1% for the 12 months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month in which the application for authority is filed by the corporation under Section 13.15 of this Act, but in no event shall the franchise tax be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum. Except in the case of a foreign corporation that has begun transacting business in Illinois prior to January 1, 1991, the initial franchise tax payable on or after January 1, 1991, by each foreign corporation, shall be computed at the rate of 15/100 of 1% for the 12-month period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month in which the application for authority is filed by the corporation under Section 13.15 of this Act, but in no event shall the franchise tax for a taxable year commencing prior to January 1, 2004 be less than $25 nor more than $1,000,000 per annum plus 1/20 of 1% of the basis therefor and in no event shall the franchise tax for a taxable year commencing on or after January 1, 2004 be less than $25 or more than $2,000,000 per annum plus 1/20 of 1% of the basis therefor.
    (e) Whenever the application for authority indicates that the corporation commenced transacting business:
        (1) prior to January 1, 1991, the initial franchise
    
tax shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month; or
        (2) after December 31, 1990, the initial franchise
    
tax shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 15/100 of 1% for each calendar month.
    (f) Each additional franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation for the period beginning January 1, 1983 through December 31, 1983 shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month or fraction thereof between the date of each respective increase in its paid-in capital and its anniversary month in 1984; thereafter until the last day of the month that is both after December 31, 1990 and the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month in 1991, each additional franchise tax payable by each foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 1/12 of 1/10 of 1% for each calendar month, or fraction thereof, between the date of each respective increase in its paid-in capital and its next anniversary month; however, if the increase occurs within the 2 month period immediately preceding the anniversary month, the tax shall be computed to the anniversary month of the next succeeding calendar year. Commencing with increases in paid-in capital that occur subsequent to both December 31, 1990 and the last day of the third month immediately preceding the anniversary month in 1991, the additional franchise tax payable by a foreign corporation shall be computed at the rate of 15/100 of 1%.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

805 ILCS 5/15.80

    (805 ILCS 5/15.80) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.80)
    Sec. 15.80. Computation and collection of annual franchise taxes - proceeding for dissolution or revocation if not paid.
    (a) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to collect all annual franchise taxes, penalties, and interest imposed by or payable in accordance with this Act.
    (b) During the calendar year 1983, each corporation must pay its annual franchise tax within 60 days preceding July 1, 1983, for the taxable year beginning July 1, 1983 to each corporation's anniversary month in 1984; thereafter, within 60 days prior to the first day of the anniversary month or, in cases where a corporation has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month each year the Secretary of State shall collect from each corporation, domestic or foreign, required to file an annual report in such year, the franchise tax payable by it for the 12 months' period commencing on the first day of the anniversary month or, in cases where a corporation has established an extended filing month, the extended filing month of such year or, in the case of a corporation which has filed a statement of election of an extended filing date, the interim period resulting therefrom in accordance with the foregoing provisions; and, if it has failed to file its annual report and pay its franchise tax within the time prescribed by this Act, the penalties and interest will be imposed pursuant to this Act upon such corporation for its failure so to do; and the Secretary of State shall mail a written notice to each corporation against which such tax is payable, addressed to such corporation at its registered office in this State, notifying the corporation: (1) of the amount of franchise tax payable for the taxable year and the amount of penalties and interest due for failure to file its annual report and pay its franchise tax; and (2) that such tax and penalties and interest shall be payable to the Secretary of State. Failure to receive such notice shall not relieve the corporation of its obligation to pay the tax and any penalties and any interest due or invalidate the validity thereof.
    (c) All annual franchise taxes for the taxable year commencing on July 1, 1983 to the anniversary month of each corporation in 1984 shall be due and payable by July 1, 1983. Beginning with January 1984, all annual reports, fees, and franchise taxes shall be due and payable prior to the first day of the anniversary month or, in the case of a corporation which has established an extended filing month subsequent to January 1, 1991, the extended filing month of each corporation each year. If the annual franchise tax due from any corporation subject to the provisions of this Act together with all penalties and interest imposed thereon, shall not be paid to the Secretary of State before the date of the year in which such tax is due and payable, the Secretary of State shall proceed under Section 12.40 of this Act for the dissolution of a domestic corporation or under Section 13.55 for revocation of a foreign corporation.
    (d) For the purpose of enforcing collection, all annual franchise taxes payable in accordance with this Act, and all penalties due thereon and all interest and costs that shall accrue in connection with the collection thereof, shall be a prior and first lien on the real and personal property of the corporation from and including the date of the year when such franchise taxes become due and payable until such taxes, penalties, interest, and costs shall have been paid.
(Source: P.A. 93-59, eff. 7-1-03.)

805 ILCS 5/15.85

    (805 ILCS 5/15.85) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.85)
    Sec. 15.85. Effect of nonpayment of fees or taxes.
    (a) The Secretary of State shall not file any articles, statements, certificates, reports, applications, notices, or other papers relating to any corporation, domestic or foreign, organized under or subject to the provisions of this Act until all fees, franchise taxes, and charges provided to be paid in connection therewith shall have been paid to him or her, or while the corporation is in default in the payment of any fees, franchise taxes, charges, penalties, or interest herein provided to be paid by or assessed against it, or when the Illinois Department of Revenue has given notice that the corporation is in default in the filing of a return or the payment of any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the Department.
    (b) The Secretary of State shall not file, with respect to any domestic or foreign corporation, any document required or permitted to be filed by this Act, which has an effective date other than the date of filing until there has been paid by such corporation to the Secretary of State all fees, taxes and charges due and payable on or before said effective date.
    (c) No corporation required to pay a franchise tax, license fee, penalty, or interest under this Act shall maintain any civil action until all such franchise taxes, license fees, penalties, and interest have been paid in full.
    (d) The Secretary of State shall, from information received from the Illinois Commerce Commission, compile and keep a list of all domestic and foreign corporations which are regulated pursuant to the provisions of "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, and Chapter 18 of "The Illinois Vehicle Code", approved September 29, 1969, and which hold, as a prerequisite for doing business in this State, any franchise, license, permit or right to engage in any business regulated by such Acts.
    (e) Within 10 days after any such corporation fails to pay a franchise tax, license fee, penalty, or interest required under this Act, the Secretary shall, by written notice, so advise the Secretary of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
(Source: P.A. 91-464, eff. 1-1-00.)

805 ILCS 5/15.90

    (805 ILCS 5/15.90) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.90)
    Sec. 15.90. Statute of limitations.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section and notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other Section of this Act, no domestic corporation or foreign corporation shall be obligated to pay any annual franchise tax, fee, or penalty or interest thereon imposed under this Act, nor shall any administrative or judicial sanction (including dissolution) be imposed or enforced nor access to the courts of this State be denied based upon nonpayment thereof more than 7 years after the date of filing the annual report with respect to the period during which the obligation for the tax, fee, penalty or interest arose, unless (1) within that 7 year period the Secretary of State sends a written notice to the corporation to the effect that (A) administrative or judicial action to dissolve the corporation or revoke its authority for nonpayment of a tax, fee, penalty or interest has been commenced; or (B) the corporation has submitted a report but has failed to pay a tax, fee, penalty or interest required to be paid therewith; or (C) a report with respect to an event or action giving rise to an obligation to pay a tax, fee, penalty or interest is required but has not been filed, or has been filed and is in error or incomplete; or (2) the annual report by the corporation was filed with fraudulent intent to evade taxes payable under this Act. A corporation nonetheless shall be required to pay all taxes that would have been payable during the most recent 7 year period due to a previously unreported increase in paid-in capital that occurred prior to that 7 year period and interest and penalties thereon for that period, except that, from February 1, 2008 through March 15, 2008, with respect to any corporation that participates in the Franchise Tax and License Fee Amnesty Act of 2007, the corporation shall be only required to pay all taxes that would have been payable during the most recent 4 year period due to a previously unreported increase in paid-in capital that occurred prior to that 7 year period.
    (b) If within 2 years following a change in control of a corporation the corporation voluntarily pays in good faith all known obligations of the corporation imposed by this Article 15 with respect to reports that were required to have been filed since the beginning of the 7 year period ending on the effective date of the change in control, no action shall be taken to enforce or collect obligations of that corporation imposed by this Article 15 with respect to reports that were required to have been filed prior to that 7 year period regardless of whether the limitation period set forth in subsection (a) is otherwise applicable. For purposes of this subsection (b), a change in control means a transaction, or a series of transactions consummated within a period of 180 consecutive days, as a result of which a person which owned less than 10% of the shares having the power to elect directors of the corporation acquires shares such that the person becomes the holder of 80% or more of the shares having such power. For purposes of this subsection (b) a person means any natural person, corporation, partnership, trust or other entity together with all other persons controlled by, controlling or under common control with such person.
    (c) Except as otherwise provided in this Section and notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other Section of this Act, no foreign corporation that has not previously obtained authority under this Act shall, upon voluntary application for authority filed with the Secretary of State prior to January 1, 2001, be obligated to pay any tax, fee, penalty, or interest imposed under this Act, nor shall any administrative or judicial sanction be imposed or enforced based upon nonpayment thereof with respect to a period during which the obligation arose that is prior to January 1, 1993 unless (1) prior to receipt of the application for authority the Secretary of State had sent written notice to the corporation regarding its failure to obtain an application for authority, (2) the corporation had submitted an application for authority previously but had failed to pay any tax, fee, penalty or interest to be paid therewith, or (3) the application for authority was submitted by the corporation with fraudulent intent to evade taxes payable under this Act. A corporation nonetheless shall be required to pay all taxes and fees due under this Act that would have been payable since January 1, 1993 as a result of commencing the transaction of its business in this State and interest thereon for that period.
(Source: P.A. 95-233, eff. 8-16-07; 95-707, eff. 1-11-08; 96-66, eff. 1-1-10.)

805 ILCS 5/15.95

    (805 ILCS 5/15.95) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.95)
    Sec. 15.95. Department of Business Services Special Operations Fund.
    (a) A special fund in the State treasury known as the Division of Corporations Special Operations Fund is renamed the Department of Business Services Special Operations Fund. Moneys deposited into the Fund shall, subject to appropriation, be used by the Department of Business Services of the Office of the Secretary of State, hereinafter "Department", to create and maintain the capability to perform expedited services in response to special requests made by the public for same day or 24 hour service. Moneys deposited into the Fund shall be used for, but not limited to, expenditures for personal services, retirement, social security, contractual services, equipment, electronic data processing, and telecommunications.
    (b) On or before August 31 of each year, the balance in the Fund in excess of $600,000 shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund.
    (c) All fees payable to the Secretary of State under this Section shall be deposited into the Fund. No other fees or taxes collected under this Act shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (d) "Expedited services" means services rendered within the same day, or within 24 hours from the time, the request therefor is submitted by the filer, law firm, service company, or messenger physically in person or, at the Secretary of State's discretion, by electronic means, to the Department's Springfield Office and includes requests for certified copies, photocopies, and certificates of good standing or fact made to the Department's Springfield Office in person or by telephone, or requests for certificates of good standing or fact made in person or by telephone to the Department's Chicago Office.
    (e) Fees for expedited services shall be as follows:
    Restatement of articles, $200;
    Merger, consolidation or exchange, $200;
    Articles of incorporation, $100;
    Articles of amendment, $100;
    Revocation of dissolution, $100;
    Reinstatement, $100;
    Application for authority, $100;
    Cumulative report of changes in issued shares or paid-in capital, $100;
    Report following merger or consolidation, $100;
    Certificate of good standing or fact, $20;
    All other filings, copies of documents, annual reports filed on or after January 1, 1984, and copies of documents of dissolved or revoked corporations having a file number over 5199, $50.
    (f) Expedited services shall not be available for a statement of correction, a petition for refund or adjustment, or a request involving annual reports filed before January 1, 1984 or involving dissolved corporations with a file number below 5200.
(Source: P.A. 99-620, eff. 1-1-17.)

805 ILCS 5/15.97

    (805 ILCS 5/15.97) (from Ch. 32, par. 15.97)
    Sec. 15.97. Corporate Franchise Tax Refund Fund.
    (a) Beginning July 1, 1993, a percentage of the amounts collected under Sections 15.35, 15.45, 15.65, and 15.75 of this Act shall be deposited into the Corporate Franchise Tax Refund Fund, a special Fund hereby created in the State treasury. From July 1, 1993, until December 31, 1994, there shall be deposited into the Fund 3% of the amounts received under those Sections. Beginning January 1, 1995, and for each fiscal year beginning thereafter, 2% of the amounts collected under those Sections during the preceding fiscal year shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (b) Beginning July 1, 1993, moneys in the Fund shall be expended exclusively for the purpose of paying refunds payable because of overpayment of franchise taxes, penalties, or interest under Sections 13.70, 15.35, 15.45, 15.65, 15.75, and 16.05 of this Act and making transfers authorized under this Section. Refunds in accordance with the provisions of subsections (f) and (g) of Section 1.15 and Section 1.17 of this Act may be made from the Fund only to the extent that amounts collected under Sections 15.35, 15.45, 15.65, and 15.75 of this Act have been deposited in the Fund and remain available. On or before August 31 of each year, the balance in the Fund in excess of $100,000 shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund.
    (c) This Act shall constitute an irrevocable and continuing appropriation from the Corporate Franchise Tax Refund Fund for the purpose of paying refunds upon the order of the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-620, eff. 1-1-17.)