has passed legislation increasing the cost of a standard retailer's
liquor license beginning immediately. Currently, the cost for a state
retailer's license is $500, but that will be going up - how much
depends on how you renew it.
The legislation, Senate Bill
Act 99-0904), was passed on August 26th and amends the Liquor
Control Act of 1934 in a few ways. Most notable to our
clientele are the license fee increases. Illinois has over 30 classes of licenses pertaining to alcohol.
For a retailer license, new applicants and those who renew
in-person at one of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's offices, will have to pay $750.
However, those who renew online will only pay $600.
ILCC hopes to raise about $3-5 million from the increases, which they
want to use to start a test program for liquor inspections to eventually
be performed by local authorities instead of state agents, as well as
hiring more ILCC agents and creating a program to better track all their
data. There is concern that the commission is not sufficiently
staffed to effectively regulate the industry. For example, last year
Chicago's ABC affiliate did an investigative piece on liquor
smuggling from Indiana to Illinois that some estimated may be
costing Illinois $5-$7M a year in lost taxes. Receipts from wholesalers
is one thing a liquor inspector would check for to ensure that alcohol
being sold was purchased legally.
for the split pricing, the ILCC reasons that so many in-person license
renewals, most of which are routine, are a drain on their time and
resources. Hence their new aim to add financial incentive to renewing
renewals have been possible for a couple of years. Even if you're
not very computer-savvy, the process is easier than you may
think. It's done through the Department of Revenue's MyTaxIllinois website that
you, or perhaps your bookkeeper, is already using to file sales and
payroll taxes (these reports have to be filed online). You probably
already have a login for the website, even if you don't realize it.
first time you attempt to renew your liquor license online you'll have to
"pair" it with your MyTaxIllinois account, but from that point
on and at subsequent annual renewals the process is similar to what you
do already. The questionnaire is filled out online instead of on
paper and you'll need digital copies - either a scan or a good clean
picture from a smartphone - of your local liquor license and your
certificate of insurance to upload to the online renewal in lieu of
attaching paper copies. From there you input your bank info for the
fee to be drawn and submit it. Now, not only will that save you a
trip to the ILCC office, but it will save you $150 as well. You can
log back in a day or two later and print out a copy of your renewed license
once it's processed.
did a write-up
of the process a couple of years ago, and the ILCC has a pretty good
instructional video as well:
you're not comfortable doing the process on your own, we can assist you
with filing online, provided you are willing to disclose your login
credentials and can get us a copy of your local license.
off on the license increases on our Facebook page and follow us -
we repost our email blurbs there - to make sure you don't miss anything.
Office Closed Monday, Sept. 5th
Our office will be
closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. Should
you have an after hours emergency, you can check for your insurance
company's phone number or website on our Claims &
Payments page to contact them directly, or call our number and listen
for the after-hours emergency prompt in the options.
Have a great weekend and stay safe.
BDI Value Added Benefits: Liquor Training
Illinois now has a hard
deadline for when employees of it's nearly 26,000 liquor licensees need
BASSET training. Our liquor training program is a state-approved
BASSET course that would satisfy the new state requirements. Each
course is approximately 3 hours long and certifies sellers and servers
for a period of 3 years.