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Illinois Gun Tax Approved


Cook County, Illinois, has one of the highest crime rates in the country, and local government officials aren't pleased about it. One way they hope to curb the violence -- and generate needed revenue -- is through a gun tax. Last week, the Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly approved what has been called the violence tax in a 16 to 1 vote.

Sales of new firearms will be taxed at $25 come April 1, 2013. Board Commissioner President Toni Preckwinkle had originally hoped to include a 5 cent-per-bullet ammunition tax in the budget, but she eliminated that proposal in order to gain approval for the gun tax.

Preckwinkle's justification for the "violence tax" is unequivocal:

"Gun violence is a real problem for us. It's a problem for us in our criminal justice system and it's a problem for us in our health care system, and I make no apologies for the proposal."

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.