Castro fights to ensure out-of-state businesses pay fair share

castro 041718SPRINGFIELD – Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is sponsoring a measure to ensure out-of-state businesses making sales in Illinois pay their fair share of taxes and meet the same requirements as in-state businesses.

Senate Bill 2577 would establish guidelines for what constitutes an in-state business in regard to retailers that are not physically located in Illinois, but that sell to Illinois consumers.

The measure would only consider outside retailers as maintaining an in-state business if they make more than $100,000 from Illinois consumers or if there are over 200 transactions by purchasers from Illinois.

“Times are different now and a lot of people do their shopping online,” said Castro. “It is important that out-of-state businesses making the majority of their sales to Illinois residents are held accountable to their share of state revenues.”

Currently, out-of-state retailers who sell online to Illinois residents do not have to collect a sales tax, a practice which undercuts other retailers and denies revenue to state services that benefit all Illinoisans.

“Businesses in our state are already struggling,” said Castro. “Online stores from out of state have an advantage over them because they don’t have to meet the same requirements. It’s time for that to change.”

Senate Bill 2577 passed through the Senate and moves to the House for consideration.

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Vice-Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions (Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo