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Sales tax increases in 2017

December 30, 2016
Businesses in select areas in Illinois must adjust for a sales tax increase effective Jan. 1. The increase is on sales of general merchandise but not on automobiles.
Locally, East Dundee dealers operating inside the Christina Drive Business Development District need to charge 0.25 percent more for parts and similar, changing the rate from 9.5 percent to 9.75 percent.
Also, Willowbrook dealerships inside the Illinois Route 83/Plainfield Road Business District must charge an additional 1 percent sales tax, moving from 7 percent to 8 percent.
When determining what sales tax is due, the Illinois Revenue Department considers three categories: general merchandise; food and medicine; and items which must be titled, such as automobiles, motorcycles and boats. The percentage of tax owed is different among all three categories.
The revenue department issued an informational bulletin that summarizes the new tax increases.