Illinois provides short-term sales tax relief for certain ‘eating and drinking establishments’ affected by COVID-19
The Illinois Department of Revenue has announced that it will waive penalty and interest that would have been imposed on late sales tax payments from qualified taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Operators of “eating and drinking establishments” that incurred a total sales tax liability of less than $75,000 in calendar year 2019 (on a per ST-1 account basis) are eligible for this relief.
According to a Department bulletin, “qualified taxpayers will not be charged penalties or interest on late payments for sales tax liabilities reported on Form ST-1, Sales and Use Tax and E911 Surcharge Return, that are due for the February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods.”
The Department will automatically waive penalties and interest for most qualified taxpayers. Relief will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Significantly, “qualified taxpayers are required to file Form ST-1 for each reporting period by their original due dates, even if they are unable to make a payment,” the bulletin says. In order to qualify for relief, taxpayers must remit one-quarter of their liability for the February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods on each of the following dates:
- May 20, 2020
- June 22, 2020
- July 20, 2020
- August 20, 2020
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