Sellers of Alcoholic Liquor
The tax is imposed on businesses that are manufacturers or importing distributors of liquor.
Tax Rate Database to determine the rate per gallon, based on the alcohol content.
The following alcoholic beverages are exempt:
- Wine used by religious organizations for sacramental purposes
- Sales of alcoholic beverages in interstate or foreign commerce
- Sales for use aboard ships operating in foreign commerce outside the continental limits of the U.S.
- Sales to U.S. governmental agencies (military bases) in Illinois (e.g., military bases, veterans’ hospitals)
- Sales to licensed non-beverage users
- Losses incurred in bottling alcoholic liquors
- Alcoholic liquors destroyed (must be witnessed by a representative of the department)
Home rule units may impose liquor taxes, which the department
does not collect. For more information about these taxes, contact the unit of local government that imposes them.
Additional registration and bonding requirements
Liquor manufacturers or importing distributors must register with the
Illinois Liquor Control Commission. The Department of Revenue assigns each licensee an internal account number. In addition, the department (not the Illinois Liquor Control Commission) issues permits to Non-beverage Users and licenses Warehouses. A bond is also required of the applicant in an amount that is two times that company's average monthly liability, with a minimum bond of $1000 and a maximum of $100,000.
Form/Filing & Payment Requirements
Most taxpayers file
Form RL-26, Liquor Revenue Return, which is due the 15th day of the month following the month for which the return is filed.
Form RL-26-A, Liquor Revenue Airline Return, which is due the 15th day of the month following the month for which the return is filed.
Taxpayers who are licensed as a direct wine shipper that sells wine to Illinois consumers must file
Form RL-26-W, Liquor Direct Wine Shipper Return, which is due the 15th day of the month following the month for which the return is filed.
A taxpayer with an annual liability of $20,000 or more in the preceding calendar year must make tax payments by
Electronic Funds Transfer.
Beginning January 1, 2003, a taxpayer who files and pays electronically can receive a discount. For more information refer to the
RL-750, Electronic Filing - Liquor Returns.