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REVENUE
(35 ILCS 636/) Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act.

35 ILCS 636/Art. 5

 
    (35 ILCS 636/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5

35 ILCS 636/5-1

    (35 ILCS 636/5-1)
    Sec. 5-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-5

    (35 ILCS 636/5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Legislative intent. The General Assembly has authorized the corporate authorities of any municipality to impose various fees and taxes on the privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications, and on retailers engaged in the business of transmitting such telecommunications, all of which are remitted by such retailers directly to the imposing municipality. To simplify the imposition and collection of municipal telecommunications taxes and to reduce complication and burden, the General Assembly is repealing the municipal telecommunications tax, the municipal tax on the occupation or privilege of transmitting messages, and the municipal infrastructure maintenance fee, and is enacting this Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax Act which provides for a single municipally imposed telecommunications tax which, for municipalities with populations of less than 500,000, will be collected by the Illinois Department of Revenue, but which, for municipalities of 500,000 or more, will continue to be collected by such municipalities.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-7

    (35 ILCS 636/5-7)
    Sec. 5-7. Definitions. For purposes of the taxes authorized by this Act:
    "Amount paid" means the amount charged to the taxpayer's service address in such municipality regardless of where such amount is billed or paid.
    "Department" means the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    "Gross charge" means the amount paid for the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in such municipality 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 the 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 a municipality that has imposed a tax under this Section and charges for the portion of the inter-office channels provided within that municipality. Charges for that portion of the inter-office channel connecting 2 or more channel termination points, one or more of which is located within the jurisdictional boundary of such municipality, shall be determined by the retailer by multiplying an amount equal to the total charge for the inter-office channel by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of channel termination points that are located within the jurisdictional boundary of the municipality and the denominator of which is the total number of channel termination points connected by the inter-office channel. Prior to January 1, 2004, any method consistent with this paragraph or other method that reasonably apportions the total charges for inter-office channels among the municipalities in which channel termination points are located shall be accepted as a reasonable method to determine the taxable portion of an inter-office channel provided within a municipality for that period. However, "gross charge" 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 Act, (ii) the tax imposed by the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act, (iii) the tax imposed by Section 4251 of the Internal Revenue Code, (iv) 911 surcharges, or (v) charges added to customers' bills pursuant to the provisions of Section 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 those provisions of the Public Utilities Act.
        (2) Charges for a sent collect telecommunication
    
received outside of such municipality.
        (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 as
    
exempt under Section 9-222.1 of the Public Utilities Act 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 Act 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 uncollectible, 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 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.
    "Interstate telecommunications" means all telecommunications that either originate or terminate outside this State.
    "Intrastate telecommunications" means all telecommunications that originate and terminate within this State.
    "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.
    "Purchase at retail" means the acquisition, consumption or use of telecommunications through a sale at retail.
    "Retailer" means and includes every person engaged in the business of making sales at retail as defined in this Section. 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.
    "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.
    "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.
    "Service address" means the location of telecommunications equipment from which 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, and 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.
    "Taxpayer" means a person who individually or through his or her agents, employees, or permittees engages in the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in a municipality and who incurs a tax liability as authorized by this Act.
    "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 such provider 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. Prepaid telephone calling arrangements shall not be considered "telecommunications" subject to the tax imposed under this Act. For purposes of this Section, "prepaid telephone calling arrangements" means that term as defined in Section 2-27 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-286, eff. 1-1-04; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

35 ILCS 636/5-10

    (35 ILCS 636/5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Authority. The corporate authorities of any municipality in this State may tax any and all of the following acts or privileges:
    (a) The act or privilege of originating in such municipality or receiving in such municipality intrastate telecommunications by a person. To prevent actual multi-municipal taxation of the act or privilege that is subject to taxation under this subsection, any taxpayer, upon proof that the taxpayer has paid a tax in another municipality on that event, shall be allowed a credit against any tax enacted pursuant to or authorized by this Section to the extent of the amount of the tax properly due and paid in the municipality that was not previously allowed as a credit against any other municipal tax. However, such tax is not imposed on such 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 municipalities in this State.
    (b) The act or privilege of originating in such municipality or receiving in such municipality interstate telecommunications by a person. To prevent actual multi-state or multi-municipal taxation of the act or privilege that is subject to taxation under this subsection, any taxpayer, upon proof that the taxpayer has paid a tax in another state or municipality in this State on such event, shall be allowed a credit against any tax enacted pursuant to or authorized by this Section to the extent of the amount of such tax properly due and paid in such other state or such tax properly due and paid in a municipality in this State which was not previously allowed as a credit against any other state or local tax in this 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 municipalities in this State.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02; 93-286, eff. 7-22-03.)

35 ILCS 636/5-15

    (35 ILCS 636/5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Maximum rates.
    (a) For municipalities with a population of less than 500,000, the tax authorized by this Act may be imposed at a rate not to exceed 6% of the gross charge for telecommunications purchased at retail. If imposed, the tax must be in increments of 0.25%.
    (b) For municipalities with a population of 500,000 or more, the tax authorized by this Act may be imposed at a rate not to exceed 7% of the gross charge for telecommunications purchased at retail. If imposed, the tax must be in increments of 0.25%.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-20

    (35 ILCS 636/5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Imposition.
    (a) On and after January 1, 2003, for municipalities with populations of less than 500,000, the tax authorized by this Act shall be imposed (except as provided in Sections 5-25 and 5-30 of this Act), amended, or repealed by an ordinance adopted by the municipality, which ordinance shall be filed by the municipality with the Department pursuant to the rules of the Department.
        (1) Any ordinance adopted by a municipality with a
    
population of less than 500,000 which attempts to impose, amend or repeal the tax authorized by this Act shall be of no force and effect until properly filed with an appropriate form with the Department.
        (2) Any certified copy of an ordinance (i) filed with
    
the Department prior to October 1, 2002 shall be effective with respect to gross charges billed by telecommunications retailers on or after January 1, 2003 and (ii) filed with the Department on or after October 1, 2002 and before April 1, 2003 shall be effective with respect to gross charges billed by telecommunications retailers on or after July 1, 2003. On and after April 1, 2003, any certified copy of an ordinance filed with the Department on or before September 20 or March 20 shall be effective with respect to gross charges billed by telecommunications retailers on or after the following January 1 or July 1, respectively. If the certified ordinance is filed with the Department on or before September 20, the Department shall determine by October 10 whether the ordinance meets the criteria under this Act. If the certified ordinance is filed with the Department on or before March 20, the Department shall determine by April 10 whether the ordinance meets the criteria under this Act. If the ordinance meets the criteria, the Department shall notify the telecommunications retailers via a posting on the Department's web site that the ordinance is approved and shall list the rate. For ordinances filed with the Department on or before September 20, notification must be made no later than October 10. For ordinances filed with the Department on or before March 20, notification must be made no later than April 10.
    (b) On and after January 1, 2003, for municipalities with populations of 500,000 or more, the tax authorized by this Act shall be imposed, amended, or repealed, and any authorized exemptions granted, by the adoption of an ordinance and notification to the telecommunications retailers.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02; 93-286, eff. 7-22-03.)

35 ILCS 636/5-25

    (35 ILCS 636/5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Existing telecommunications taxes and fees.
    (a) Between July 1, 2002 and August 1, 2002, the Department shall publish a list of the municipalities with a population of less than 500,000 that have, at any time before the effective date of this Act, enacted ordinances imposing any taxes or fees authorized by subparagraph 1 of Section 8-11-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, Section 8-11-17 of the Illinois Municipal Code, or Section 20 of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act. Such list shall include the name of each such municipality, the rates at which such taxes or fees are imposed as of the effective date of this Act, and the rate of the new Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax, as calculated pursuant to Section 5-30 of this Act.
    (b) In compiling the list described in this Section, the Department shall collect information from retailers, municipalities, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and other sources deemed by the Department to be reliable.
    (c) Any municipality appearing on the list published pursuant to this Section shall not be required to adopt and file an ordinance implementing the tax authorized by this Act. The list shall be conclusive evidence of the imposition of the tax authorized by this Act at the rate appearing on such list. Any tax imposed in such manner shall take effect with respect to gross charges billed by telecommunications retailers on or after January 1, 2003. A municipality may alter such tax only by filing an ordinance with the Department pursuant to Section 5-20 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-30

    (35 ILCS 636/5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Calculation of rates for certain municipalities. The rate of the Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax for municipalities on the list described in Section 5-25 of this Act shall be measured by the sum of the following rates set forth in ordinances enacted by the municipalities at the rates in effect on the effective date of this Act:
        (1) The rate equal to 70% of the rate set forth in
    
such ordinance pursuant to subparagraph 1 of Section 8-11-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, rounded to the nearest even 0.25% increment; plus
        (2) The rate set forth in such ordinance pursuant to
    
Section 8-11-17 of the Illinois Municipal Code, rounded to the nearest even 0.25% increment; plus
        (3) The rate set forth in such ordinance pursuant to
    
Section 20 of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-35

    (35 ILCS 636/5-35)
    Sec. 5-35. Rebates and exemptions. Any municipality may implement the following rebates and exemptions:
        (1) A municipality that imposes the tax authorized by
    
this Act and whose territory includes part of another unit of local government or a school district, may, by separate ordinance, rebate some or all of the amount of such tax paid by the other unit of local government or school district. Any such rebate shall be paid by the municipality directly to the other unit of local government or school district qualifying for the rebate as determined by the municipality's ordinance, which shall not be filed with the Department.
        (2) A municipality that imposes the tax authorized by
    
this Act may, by separate ordinance, rebate some or all of the amount of such tax to persons 65 years of age or older. Any tax related to such rebate shall be rebated from the municipality directly to persons qualified for the rebate as determined by the municipality's ordinance, which shall not be filed with the Department.
        (3) A municipality with a population of 500,000 or
    
more that imposes the tax authorized by this Act may, by separate ordinance, exempt from the tax authorized by this Act, charges for inbound toll-free telecommunications service commonly known as "800", "877", or "888" or for a similar service, to the extent such municipality has passed an ordinance providing for this exemption.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-40

    (35 ILCS 636/5-40)
    Sec. 5-40. Collection.
    (a) For municipalities with populations of less than 500,000, the tax authorized by this Act shall be collected from the taxpayer by a retailer maintaining a place of business in this State and shall be remitted by such retailer to the Department. Any tax required to be collected pursuant to or as authorized by this Act and any such tax collected by such retailer and required to be remitted to the Department shall constitute a debt owed by the retailer to the State. 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 when sold for use, in the manner prescribed by the Department. The tax authorized by this Act shall constitute a debt of the taxpayer to the retailer until paid, and, if unpaid, is recoverable at law in the same manner as the original charge for such sale at retail. If the retailer fails to collect the tax from the taxpayer, then the taxpayer shall be required to pay the tax directly to the Department in the manner provided by the Department.
    (b) For municipalities with populations of 500,000 or more, the tax authorized by this Act shall be collected from the taxpayer by a retailer making or effectuating the sale at retail and shall be remitted by such retailer to such municipality. Any tax required to be collected pursuant to an ordinance authorized by this Act and any such tax collected by a retailer shall constitute a debt owed by the retailer to such municipality. 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 when sold for use, in the manner prescribed by such municipality. The tax authorized by this Act shall constitute a debt of the taxpayer to the retailer who made or effectuated the sale at retail until paid and, if unpaid, is recoverable at law in the same manner as the original charge for the sale at retail. If the retailer fails to collect the tax from the taxpayer, then the taxpayer shall be required to pay the tax directly to such municipality in the manner provided by such municipality. The municipality imposing the tax shall provide for its administration and enforcement.
    (c) Retailers filing tax returns pursuant to this Act shall, at the time of filing such return, pay to a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or to the Department for all other municipalities, the amount of the tax collected, 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 a municipality or the Department upon request. No discount may be claimed by a retailer on returns not timely filed and for taxes not timely remitted.
    (d) Whenever possible, the tax authorized by this Act shall, when collected, be stated as a distinct item separate and apart from the gross charge for telecommunications.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-42

    (35 ILCS 636/5-42)
    Sec. 5-42. Procedure for determining proper tax jurisdiction.
    (a) Tax jurisdiction information provided by a municipality upon written request from a telecommunications retailer. For purposes of this subsection (a), "telecommunications retailer" does not include retailers providing Commercial Mobile Radio Service as the term is used in the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act.
        (1) A municipality may provide, within 30 days
    
following receipt of a written request from a telecommunications retailer, the following:
            (A) A list containing each street name, known
        
street name aliases, street address number ranges, applicable directionals, and zip codes associated with each street name, for all street addresses located within the municipality. For a range of street address numbers located within a municipality that consists only of odd or even street numbers, the list must specify whether the street numbers in the range are odd or even. The list shall be alphabetical, except that numbered streets shall be in numerical sequence.
            (B) A list containing each postal zip code and
        
all the city names associated therewith for all zip codes assigned to geographic areas located entirely within the municipality, including zip codes assigned to rural route boxes.
            (C) A sequential list containing all rural route
        
box number ranges and the city names and zip codes associated therewith, for all rural route boxes located within the municipality, except that rural route boxes with postal zip codes entirely within the municipality that are included on the list furnished under paragraph (B) need not be duplicated.
            (D) The lists shall be printed. If a list is
        
available through another medium, however, the municipality shall, upon request, furnish the list through such medium in addition to or in lieu of the printed lists. The municipality shall be responsible for updating the lists as changes occur and for furnishing this information to all telecommunications retailers affected by the changes. Each update shall specify an effective date, which shall be the next ensuing January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1; shall be furnished to the telecommunications retailer not less than 60 days prior to the effective date; and shall identify the additions, deletions, and other changes to the preceding version of the list. If the information is received less than 60 days prior to the effective date of the change, the telecommunications retailer has until the next ensuing January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1 to make the appropriate changes.
        Nothing in this subsection (a) shall prevent a
    
municipality from providing a telecommunications retailer with the information set forth in this subdivision (a)(1) in the absence of a written request from the telecommunications retailer.
        (2) The telecommunications retailer shall be
    
responsible for charging the tax to the service addresses contained in the lists requested under subdivision (a)(1) that include all of the elements required by this Section. If a service address is not included in the list or if no list is provided, the telecommunications retailer shall be held harmless from situsing errors provided it uses a reasonable methodology to assign the service address or addresses to a local tax jurisdiction. The telecommunications retailer shall be held harmless for any tax overpayments or underpayments (including penalty or interest) resulting from written information provided by the municipality or, in the case of disputes, the Department. If a municipality is aware of a situsing error in a telecommunications retailer's records, the municipality may file a written notification to the telecommunications retailer at an address specified by the telecommunications retailer describing the street address or addresses that are incorrect and, if known, the affected customer name or names and account number or numbers. If another jurisdiction is claiming the same street address or addresses that are the subject of the notification, the telecommunications retailer must notify the Department as specified in subdivision (a)(3) of this Section, otherwise, the telecommunications retailer shall make such correction to its records within 90 days.
        (3) If it is determined from the lists or updates
    
furnished under subdivision (a)(1) that more than one municipality claims the same address or group of addresses, the telecommunications retailer shall notify the Department within 60 days of discovering the discrepancy. After notification and until resolution, the telecommunications retailer will continue its prior tax treatment and will be held harmless for any tax, penalty, and interest in the event the prior tax treatment is wrong. Upon resolution, the Department will notify the telecommunications retailer in a written form describing the resolution. Upon receipt of the resolution, the telecommunications retailer has until the next ensuing January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1 to make the change.
        (4) Municipalities shall notify any
    
telecommunications retailer that has previously requested a list under subdivision (a)(1) of this Section of any annexations, de-annexations, or other boundary changes at least 60 days after the effective date of such changes. The notification shall contain each street name, known street name aliases, street address number ranges, applicable directionals, and zip codes associated with each street name, for all street addresses for which a change has occurred. The notice shall be mailed to an address designated by the telecommunications retailer. The telecommunications retailer has until the next ensuing January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1 to make the changes described in such notification.
    (b) The safe harbor provisions, Sections 40 and 45 of the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act, shall apply to any telecommunications retailer electing to employ enhanced zip codes (zip+4) to assign each street address, address range, rural route box, or rural route box range in their service area to a specific municipal tax jurisdiction, except as provided under subdivision (c)(5). A telecommunications retailer shall make its election as prescribed by rules adopted by the Department.
    (c) Persons who believe that they are improperly being charged a tax imposed under this Act because their service address is assigned to the wrong taxing jurisdiction shall file a written complaint with their telecommunications (mobile or non-mobile) retailer. The written complaint shall include the street address for her or his place of primary use for mobile telecommunications service or the service address for non-mobile telecommunications, the name and address of the telecommunications retailer who is collecting the tax imposed by this Act, the account name and number for which the person seeks a correction of the tax assignment, a description of the error asserted by that person, an estimated amount of tax claimed to have been incorrectly paid, the time period for which that amount of tax applies, and any other information that the telecommunications retailer may reasonably require to process the request. For purposes of this Section, the terms "place of primary use" and "mobile telecommunications service" shall have the same meanings as those terms are defined in the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act.
    Within 60 days after receiving the complaint under this subsection (c), the telecommunications retailer shall review its records, the written complaint, any information submitted by the affected municipality or municipalities, and the electronic database, if existing, or enhanced zip code used pursuant to Section 25 or 40 of the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act to determine the customer's taxing jurisdiction. If this review shows that the amount of tax, assignment of place of primary use or service address, or taxing jurisdiction is in error, the telecommunications retailer shall correct the error and refund or credit the amount of tax erroneously collected from the customer for the period still available for the filing of a claim for credit or refund by the telecommunications retailer under this Act. If this review shows that the amount of tax, assignment of place of primary use or service address, or taxing jurisdiction is correct, the telecommunications retailer shall provide a written explanation to the person from whom the notice was received.
        (1) If the person is dissatisfied with the response
    
from the telecommunications retailer, the customer may request a written determination from the Department on a form prescribed by the Department. The request shall contain the same information as was provided to the telecommunications retailer. The Department shall review the request for determination and make all reasonable efforts to determine if such person's place of primary use for mobile telecommunications service or the service address for non-mobile telecommunications is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the municipality for which the person is being charged tax under this Act. Upon request by the Department, municipalities that have imposed a tax under this Act shall have 30 days to provide information to the Department regarding such requests for determination via certified mail.
        (2) Within 90 days after receipt of a request for
    
determination under subdivision (c)(1) of this Section, the Department shall issue a letter of determination to the person stating whether that person's place of primary use for mobile telecommunications service or the service address for non-mobile telecommunications is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the municipality for which the person is being charged tax under this Act or naming the proper municipality, if different. The Department shall also list in the letter of determination, if the municipality has provided that information to the Department, the Department's findings as to the limit of the jurisdictional boundary (street address range) for the municipality in relation to the street address listed in the request for a letter of determination. A copy of such letter of determination shall be provided by the Department to the telecommunications retailer listed on the request for determination. The copy shall be sent via mail to an address designated by the telecommunications retailer.
        (3) If the municipality or municipalities fail to
    
respond as set forth in subdivision (c)(1), then the complaining person will no longer be subject to the tax imposed under this Act. The Department shall notify the relevant telecommunications retailer in writing of the automatic determination and also list its findings as to the street address listed in the request for a letter of determination. Upon receipt of the notice of automatic determination, the telecommunications retailer shall correct its records and refund or credit the amount of tax determined to have been paid by such person for the period still available for the filing of a claim for credit or refund by the telecommunications retailer under this Act. A copy of the letter of determination shall be provided by the Department to the telecommunications retailer listed on the request for determination at an address designated by the telecommunications retailer.
        (4) If the telecommunications retailer receives a
    
copy of the letter of determination from the Department described in subdivision (c)(2) of this Section that states that such person's place of primary use for mobile telecommunications service or the service address for non-mobile telecommunications is not located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the municipality for which that person is being charged tax under this Act and that provides the correct tax jurisdiction for the particular street address, the telecommunications retailer shall correct the error and refund or credit the amount of tax determined to have been paid in error by such person up to the period still available for the filing of a claim for credit or refund by the telecommunications retailer under this Act. The telecommunications retailer shall retain such copy of the letter of determination in its books and records and shall be held harmless for any tax, penalty, or interest due as a result of its reliance on such determination. If the Department subsequently receives information that discloses that such service addresses or places of primary use on that street are within the jurisdictional boundaries of a municipality other than the one specified in the previous letter, the Department shall notify the telecommunications retailer and the telecommunications customer in writing that the telecommunications retailer is to begin collecting tax for a specified municipality on the accounts associated with those service addresses or places of primary use. Notification to begin collecting tax on such accounts sent by the Department to the telecommunications retailers on or after October 1 and prior to January 1 shall be effective the following April 1. Notification to begin collecting tax on such accounts sent by the Department to the telecommunications retailers on or after January 1 and prior to April 1 shall be effective the following July 1. Notification to begin collecting tax on such accounts sent by the Department to the telecommunications retailers on or after April 1 and prior to July 1 shall be effective the following October 1. Notification to begin collecting tax on such accounts sent by the Department to the telecommunications retailers on or after July 1 and prior to October 1 shall be effective the following January 1.
        (5) If the telecommunications retailer receives a
    
copy of the letter of determination from the Department described in subdivisions (c)(2), (c)(3), or (c)(4) of this Section that states that such person's place of primary use for mobile telecommunications service or the service address for non-mobile telecommunications is not located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the municipality for which that person is being charged tax under this Act and the telecommunications retailer fails to correct the error and refund or credit the appropriate amount of tax paid in error within the time period prescribed in subdivisions (c)(3) and (c)(4), the telecommunications retailer shall not be held harmless for any tax, penalty, or interest due the Department as a result of the error.
        (6) The procedures in this subsection (c) shall be
    
the first course of remedy available to customers seeking correction of assignment of service address, place of primary use, taxing jurisdiction, an amount of tax paid erroneously, or other compensation for taxes, charges, or fees erroneously collected by a telecommunications retailer. No cause of action based upon a dispute arising from these taxes, charges, or fees shall accrue until a customer has reasonably exercised the rights and procedures set forth in this subsection (c). If a customer is not satisfied after exercising the rights and following the procedures set forth in this subsection (c), the customer shall have the normal cause of action available under the law to recover any tax, penalty, or interest from the telecommunications retailer.
    (d) The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a municipality that directly receives collected tax revenue from a retailer pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 5-40. A municipality that receives tax revenue pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 5-40 for telecommunications other than mobile telecommunications service, as that term is defined in the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act, shall establish a procedure to remedy the complaints of persons who believe they are being improperly taxed, which should consider the requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-602, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-45

    (35 ILCS 636/5-45)
    Sec. 5-45. Resellers.
    (a) If a person who originates or receives telecommunications claims to be a reseller of such telecommunications, such person shall apply to a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or to the Department for all other municipalities, for a resale number. Such applicant shall state facts which will show a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or the Department for all other municipalities, why such applicant is not liable for tax authorized by this Act on any of such purchases and shall furnish such additional information as a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or the Department for all other municipalities, may reasonably require.
    (b) Upon approval of the application, a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or the Department for all other municipalities, shall assign a resale number to the applicant and shall certify such number to the applicant. A municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or the Department for all other municipalities, may cancel any number which is obtained through misrepresentation, or which is used to send or receive such telecommunication 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.
    (c) 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 a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more or the Department for all other municipalities, and furnishes that number to the retailer in connection with certifying to the retailer that any sale to such person is non-taxable because of being a sale for resale.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-50

    (35 ILCS 636/5-50)
    Sec. 5-50. Returns to the Department.
    (a) Commencing on February 1, 2003, for the tax imposed under subsection (a) of Section 5-20 of this Act, every retailer maintaining a place of business in this State shall, on or before the last day of each month make a return to the Department for the preceding calendar month, stating:
        (1) Its name;
        (2) The address of its principal place of business or
    
the address of the principal place of business (if that is a different address) from which it engages in the business of transmitting telecommunications;
        (3) Total amount of gross charges billed by it during
    
the preceding calendar month for providing telecommunications during the calendar month;
        (4) Total amount received by it during the preceding
    
calendar month on credit extended;
        (5) Deductions allowed by law;
        (6) Gross charges that were billed by it during the
    
preceding calendar month and upon the basis of which the tax is imposed;
        (7) Amount of tax (computed upon Item 6);
        (8) The municipalities to which the Department shall
    
remit the taxes and the amount of such remittances;
        (9) Such other reasonable information as the
    
Department may require.
    (b) Any retailer 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 retailer who has average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act that exceed $1,000 shall make all payments by electronic funds transfer as required by rules of the Department.
    (c) If the retailer's average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act do not exceed $1,000, the Department may authorize such retailer's 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 30th of that year; with the return for April, May, and June of a given year being due by July 31st of that year; with the return for July, August, and September of a given year being due by October 31st of that year; and with the return for October, November, and December of a given year being due by January 31st of the following year.
    (d) 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 Telecommunications Excise Tax Act do not exceed $400, the Department may authorize such retailer's return to be filed on an annual basis, with the return for a given year being due by January 31st of the following year.
    (e) Each retailer whose average monthly remittance to the Department under this Act and the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act was $25,000 or more during the preceding calendar year, excluding the month of highest remittance and the month of lowest remittance 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 the tax remittance is owed to the Department 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 remittance of the retailer's return for that month. Any outstanding credit, approved by the Department, arising from the retailer's overpayment of its final remittance for any month may be applied to reduce the amount of any subsequent quarter-monthly payment or credited against the final remittance 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 or received credits in excess of the minimum payments previously due.
    (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section containing the time within which a retailer may file his or her return, in the case of any retailer who ceases to engage in a kind of business that makes him or her responsible for filing returns under this Section, the retailer shall file a final return under this Section with the Department not more than one month after discontinuing such business.
    (g) In making such return, the retailer shall determine the value of any consideration other than money received by it and such retailer shall include the value in its return. Such determination shall be subject to review and revision by the Department in the manner hereinafter provided for the correction of returns.
    (h) Any retailer who has average monthly tax billings due to the Department under this Act and the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act that exceed $1,000 shall file the return required by this Section by electronic means as required by rules of the Department.
    (i) The retailer filing the return herein provided for shall, at the time of filing the return, pay to the Department the amounts due pursuant to this Act. The Department shall immediately pay over to the State Treasurer, ex officio, as trustee, 99.5% of all taxes, penalties, and interest collected hereunder for deposit into the Municipal Telecommunications Fund, which is hereby created. The remaining 0.5% received by the Department pursuant to this Act shall be deposited into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund and shall be used by the Department, subject to appropriation, to cover the costs of the Department.
    On or before the 25th day of each calendar month, the Department shall prepare and certify to the Comptroller the disbursement of stated sums of money to be paid to named municipalities from the Municipal Telecommunications Fund for amounts collected during the second preceding calendar month. The named municipalities shall be those municipalities identified by a retailer in such retailer's return as having imposed the tax authorized by the Act. The amount of money to be paid to each municipality shall be the amount (not including credit memoranda) collected hereunder during the second preceding calendar month by the Department, plus an amount the Department determines is necessary to offset any amounts that were erroneously paid to a different taxing body, and not including an amount equal to the amount of refunds made during the second preceding calendar month by the Department on behalf of such municipality, and not including any amount that the Department determines is necessary to offset any amount that were payable to a different taxing body but were erroneously paid to the municipality. Within 10 days after receipt by the Comptroller of the disbursement certification from the Department, the Comptroller shall cause the orders to be drawn for the respective amounts in accordance with the directions contained in the certification. When certifying to the Comptroller the amount of a monthly disbursement to a municipality under this Section, the Department shall increase or decrease the amount by an amount necessary to offset any misallocation of previous disbursements. The offset amount shall be the amount erroneously disbursed within the previous 6 months from the time a misallocation is discovered.
    (j) For municipalities with populations of less than 500,000, whenever the Department determines that a refund shall be made under this Section to a claimant instead of issuing a credit memorandum, the Department shall notify the State Comptroller, who shall cause the order to be drawn for the amount specified and to the person named in the notification from the Department. The refund shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of the Municipal Telecommunications Fund.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

35 ILCS 636/5-55

    (35 ILCS 636/5-55)
    Sec. 5-55. Pledged revenues. If a municipality has, by contract, pledged or dedicated any or all of the revenues collected under any of its taxes imposed pursuant to subparagraph 1 of Section 8-11-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, Section 8-11-17 of the Illinois Municipal Code, or Section 20 of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act as shown on the list described in Section 5-25 of this Act, then the equivalent portion of revenues collected from the tax authorized by this Act shall be deemed pledged or dedicated in a manner substantially similar to the pledge of the then existing taxes so as to prevent disruption of such contract.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-60

    (35 ILCS 636/5-60)
    Sec. 5-60. Waiver of franchise fees.
    (a) Any municipality shall be deemed to have waived its right to receive all fees, charges and other compensation that might accrue to the municipality after the effective date of this Act, under any franchise agreement, license, or similar agreement, executed on or before January 1, 1998 with telecommunications retailers if:
        (1) the municipality imposes the tax authorized by
    
this Act at a rate exceeding 5%;
        (2) the municipality affirmatively waives such fees;
    
or
        (3) the municipality is included in the list
    
described in Section 5-25 of this Act as having an infrastructure maintenance fee in place.
    (b) This waiver shall be effective only during the time that either the infrastructure maintenance fee or the simplified tax authorized under this Act is subject to being lawfully imposed on the telecommunications retailer, collected by the municipality or the Department, and paid over to the municipality.
    (c) No portion of this Act shall be construed to have repealed or amended the prohibition on franchise fees or other charges set forth in Section 30 of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-65

    (35 ILCS 636/5-65)
    Sec. 5-65. Incorporation by reference. On and after January 1, 2003, for municipalities with populations of less than 500,000, all of the provisions of Sections 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act, Sections 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5i, 5j, 6, 6a, 6b, and 6c of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, and all the provisions of the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act, which are not inconsistent with this 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 Act, 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 Act. 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 Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/5-90

    (35 ILCS 636/5-90)
    Sec. 5-90. Home rule. The authorization to impose municipal telecommunications taxes and fees is an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule municipality may not impose municipal telecommunications taxes and fees other than as authorized under this Act. This Act is a denial and limitation of municipal home rule powers and functions under subsection (g) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02.)

35 ILCS 636/Art. 90

 
    (35 ILCS 636/Art. 90 heading)
ARTICLE 90
(Amendatory provisions; text omitted)

35 ILCS 636/90-5

    (35 ILCS 636/90-5)
    Sec. 90-5. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-10

    (35 ILCS 636/90-10)
    Sec. 90-10. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-15

    (35 ILCS 636/90-15)
    Sec. 90-15. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. various dates; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-20

    (35 ILCS 636/90-20)
    Sec. 90-20. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-22

    (35 ILCS 636/90-22)
    Sec. 90-22. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-25

    (35 ILCS 636/90-25)
    Sec. 90-25. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-30

    (35 ILCS 636/90-30)
    Sec. 90-30. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 7-1-02; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-35

    (35 ILCS 636/90-35)
    Sec. 90-35. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/90-40

    (35 ILCS 636/90-40)
    Sec. 90-40. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 636/Art. 95

 
    (35 ILCS 636/Art. 95 heading)
ARTICLE 95

35 ILCS 636/95-95

    (35 ILCS 636/95-95)
    Sec. 95-95. No acceleration or delay. Where this Act makes changes in a statute that is represented in this Act by text that is not yet or no longer in effect (for example, a Section represented by multiple versions), the use of that text does not accelerate or delay the taking effect of (i) the changes made by this Act or (ii) provisions derived from any other Public Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 2-8-02.)

35 ILCS 636/Art. 99

 
    (35 ILCS 636/Art. 99 heading)
ARTICLE 99

35 ILCS 636/99-99

    (35 ILCS 636/99-99)
    Sec. 99-99. Effective date. Article 99 of this Act, Article 95 of this Act, and the changes made in this Act to Sections 5 and 20 of the Telecommunications Municipal Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act take effect upon becoming law. Article 5 and Sections 90-22 and 90-30 of this Act take effect on July 1, 2002. Sections 90-5, 90-10, 90-20, 90-25, 90-35, and 90-40 of this Act and the changes made in this Act to Sections 1, 10, 15, 25, 27, 27.35, 30 and 35 of the Telecommunications Municipal Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act take effect on January 1, 2003.
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 2-8-02.)