Chicago’s E911 Surcharge Still the Same Rate
- Sales Tax News
- Aug 14, 2015 | Gail Cole
The E911 Surcharge rate for the city of Chicago was scheduled to revert to 7% on July 1, 2015. It did not. Instead, it is still 9%, as it was prior to July 1. It is currently scheduled to revert to 7% on July 1, 2017.
The surcharge is not decreasing in Chicago, but it will soon increase in areas located outside of Chicago. Effective October 1, 2015, the surcharge rate outside of the city of Chicago will increase from 1.5% to 3%. Point of sale systems must be ready to apply the new rate on October 1.
Just the service
Tangible personal property purchased in the same transaction as prepaid wireless telecommunications service sales are not subject to the surcharge when the charges are separately states. When charges are bundled and not separately stated, the whole sale is subject to the surcharge. Examples of goods that could be purchase along with this service include batteries and electronic games.
Additional information is available on Illinois Department of Revenue information bulletin FY 2016-01, which supersedes in part information bulletin FY 2015-02.
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