On Tuesday, the Senate passed House Bill 3659 by a vote of 49-6-3. Referred to as the “Amazon Tax,” named for the largest online retailer, it would allow the state to collect necessary revenues from online sales and purchases made from out-of-state companies. The legislature is moving aggressively in a push to restore the state’s fiscal health. Under this proposal,
House Bill 3659 will help spur economic activity and job growth within the state by leveling the playing field for
Restoring fiscal standing
- Generates $150 million in much-needed new state revenues.
- These new revenues are an important and necessary component in eliminating the state’s economic and fiscal woes.
- Under current state law, Illinoisans who make online purchases must voluntarily report and pay a use tax at the time of filing their yearly income tax returns.
- This bill will guarantee greater compliance with the collection of sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases by
Necessary to maintain vital services
- In the midst of a tremendous budget crisis, we must reign in our budget and put our fiscal house in order.
- This plan would help prevent many cuts to vital programs and services that would otherwise occur without any action.
- Currently, online retailers are not required to collect a sales tax on purchases made by Illinoisans unless that particular retailer has a physical location in the state.
- Other legislatures nationwide are moving forward to help protect businesses in their respective states.
- By eliminating the competitive disadvantage that
President of the Senate
Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - Present (Senate)
Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive; Joint Comm. on Government Reform (Co-Chairperson).
Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.