Cyber Monday means tax revenue for the state. If you’re purchasing online, you’re responsible for the state’s share of taxes. Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue, says last year 272,000 Illinoisans included taxes from online or out-of-state purchases on their tax returns.
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“There was a new line on the Illinois 1040 tax form and it said if shopped online you may owe use tax,” Hofer said. “272,000 people in Illinois declared that they had shopped and owed $11 million in use tax.” The majority of online retailers already collect state tax. Hofer says almost 70 percent of websites that Illinois consumers shop at already collect state taxes. There are some holdouts though. Hofer says the state is working with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require every online merchant to collect taxes for states that request it.