The Illinois Department of Revenue is the tax collection agency for Illinois state government. It is also the parent agency for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
The department has approximately 2,100 employees in its overall operation, including the sister agency.
The Illinois Department of Revenue is the chief tax collector for the State of Illinois and also administers a number of taxes imposed by local governments. The $28.5 billion collected by the department in FY 10 ($19.7 billion in general funds) accounts for virtually all of Illinois’ own source revenue and is used to provide public safety, health, educational and human services to Illinois citizens. The department also has oversight responsibilities involving the $26 billion local property tax system.
The Department of Revenue’s tax operations are divided into six primary areas: Account Processing, Taxpayer Services, Tax Enforcement, Bureau of Audits, Information Services, and Administrative Services. The taxes collected come from three key sources: (1) Illinois Income Tax; (2) Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Use Tax (commonly referred to as sales tax); and (3) miscellaneous taxes, including taxes on liquor, cigarettes, public utilities, hotel occupancy, and motor fuel. The department’s central office is located in Springfield, with a general office located in downtown Chicago. The Department of Revenue also houses district offices throughout the state as well as in Paramus, N.J.
The Department of Revenue processes approximately 6 million individual income tax returns and 600,000 business income tax returns annually. Roughly two thirds of those filing individual income tax returns receive refunds.
Along with its state and local tax collection responsibilities, the department has general oversight responsibilities for Illinois local governments’ property tax system. The Department of Revenue issues county equalization factors to assure uniform property assessment levels throughout the state and assists local assessing officials with their property tax responsibilities.
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission regulates the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquors and operates programs to combat sales of alcoholic beverages to minors and to reduce youth access to tobacco products.