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50 ILCS 355/10-30
(50 ILCS 355/10-30)
Local government revenue recapture audit referral.
(a) A third party shall not refer a taxpayer to the Department for audit consideration unless the third party is registered with the Department pursuant to Section 5-35.
(b) If, based on a review of the financial information provided by the Department to a municipality or county, or provided by a municipality or county to a registered third party, the municipality or county discovers that a taxpayer may have underpaid local retailers' or service occupation taxes, then it may refer the matter to the Department for audit consideration. The tax compliance referral may be made only by the municipality, county, or third party and shall be made in the form and manner required by the Department, including any requirement that the referral be submitted electronically. The tax compliance referral shall, at a minimum, include proof of registration as a third party, a copy of a contract between the third party and the county or municipality, the taxpayer's name, Department account identification number, mailing address, and business location, and the specific reason for the tax compliance referral, including as much detail as possible.
(c) The Department shall complete its evaluation of all audit referrals under this Act within 90 days after receipt of the referral and shall handle all audit referrals as follows:
(1) the Department shall evaluate the referral to
determine whether it is sufficient to warrant further action based on the information provided in the referral, any other information the Department possesses, and audit selection procedures of the Department;
(2) if the Department determines that the referral is
not actionable, then the Department shall notify the local government that it has evaluated the referral and has determined that no action is deemed necessary and provide the local government with an explanation for that decision, including, but not limited to, an explanation that (i) the Department has previously conducted an audit; (ii) the Department is in the process of conducting an investigation or other examination of the taxpayer's records; (iii) the taxpayer has already been referred to the Department and the Department determined an audit referral is not actionable; (iv) the Department or a qualified practitioner has previously conducted an audit after referral under this Section 10-30; or (v) for just cause;
(3) if the Department determines that the referral is
actionable, then it shall determine whether the taxpayer is currently under audit or scheduled for audit by the Department;
(A) if the taxpayer is not currently under audit
by the Department or scheduled for audit by the Department, the Department shall determine whether it will schedule the taxpayer for audit; and
(B) if the taxpayer is not under audit by the
Department and the Department decides under subparagraph (A) not to schedule the taxpayer for audit by the Department, then the Department shall notify the taxpayer that the Department has received an actionable audit referral on the taxpayer and issue a notice to the taxpayer as provided under subsection (d) of this Section.
(d) The notice to the taxpayer required by subparagraph (B) of paragraph (3) of subsection (c) shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) that the taxpayer must either: (A) engage a
qualified practitioner, at the taxpayer's expense, to complete a certified audit, limited in scope to the taxpayer's Retailers' Occupation Tax, Use Tax, Service Occupation Tax, or Service Use Tax liability, and the taxpayer's liability for any local retailers' or service occupation tax administered by the Department; or (B) be subject to audit by the Department;
(2) that, as an incentive, for taxpayers who agree to
the limited-scope certified audit, the Department shall abate penalties as provided in Section 10-20; and
(3) A statement that reads: "[INSERT THE NAME OF THE
ELECTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE CORPORATE AUTHORITY] has contracted with [INSERT THIRD PARTY] to review your Retailers' Occupation Tax, Use Tax, Service Occupation Tax, Service Use Tax, and any local retailers' or service occupation taxes reported to the Illinois Department of Revenue ("Department"). [INSERT THE NAME OF THE ELECTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE CORPORATE AUTHORITY] and [INSERT THE THIRD PARTY] have selected and referred your business to the Department for a certified audit of your Retailers' Occupation Tax, Use Tax, Service Occupation Tax, Service Use Tax, and any local retailers' or service occupation taxes reported to the Department pursuant to the Local Government Revenue Recapture Act. The purpose of the audit is to verify that your business reported and submitted the proper Retailers' Occupation Tax, Use Tax, Service Occupation Tax, Service Use Tax, and any local retailers' or service occupation taxes administered by the Department. The Department is required to disclose your confidential financial information to [INSERT THE NAME OF THE ELECTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE CORPORATE AUTHORITY] and [INSERT THE THIRD PARTY]. Additional information can be accessed from the Department's website and publications for a basic overview of your rights as a Taxpayer. If you have questions regarding your business's referral to the Department for audit, please contact [CORPORATE AUTHORITY'S] mayor, village president, or any other person serving as [CORPORATE AUTHORITY'S] chief executive officer or chief financial officer. [INSERT THIRD PARTY] is prohibited from discussing this matter with you directly or indirectly in any manner regardless of who initiates the contact. If [INSERT THIRD PARTY] contacts you, please contact the Department.".
(e) Within 90 days after notice by the Department, the taxpayer must respond by stating in writing whether it will or will not arrange for the performance of a certified audit under this Act. If the taxpayer states that it will arrange for the performance of a certified audit, then it must do so within 60 days after responding to the Department or within 90 days after notice by the Department, whichever comes first. If the taxpayer states that it will not arrange for the performance of a certified audit or if the taxpayer does not arrange for the performance of a certified audit within 180 days after notice by the Department, then the Department may schedule the taxpayer for audit by the Department.
(f) The certified audit must not be a contingent-fee engagement and must be completed in accordance with this Article 10.
(Source: P.A. 101-628, eff. 6-1-20; 102-40, eff. 6-25-21; 102-687, eff. 12-17-21.)