Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Department of Revenue
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Administer State and Local Tax Laws $ 692,170.9 1,429.0 $ 673,161.1 1,420.0
Liquor Control Commission $ 6,146.0 35.0 $ 6,660.2 30.8
Non-Reporting Programs
Refunds and Distributions to Local Governments  $ 4,937,354.5 N/A $ 4,967,663.6 N/A
Funding Agent for the IHDA Affordable Housing Program  $ 64,668.8 N/A $ 83,307.7 N/A
Property Tax Oversight  $ 10,843.0 25.0 $ 11,030.1 22.0
Charitable Gaming Regulation  $ 619.9 N/A $ 697.3 N/A
Totals $ 5,711,803.1 1,489.0 $ 5,742,520.0 1,472.8

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The primary responsibility of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is to serve as the tax collection agency for state and local government. The department also oversees the state's local property tax system; regulates the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages; and functions as the funding agent for the Illinois Housing Development Authority. IDOR is responsible for administering 80 tax laws, including the authorization to collect certain taxes on behalf of local governments. In fiscal year 2018, the department processed more than 6.2 million individual income tax returns and 5.8 million business tax returns. Its tax operations are divided into six primary areas of supervision: Account Processing, Taxpayer Services, Audits, Collections, Information Technology, and Administrative Services. These operating areas generate approximately $45.0 billion for state and local government. Tax revenues come from three key sources: (1) individual and corporate income taxes; (2) sales and use taxes; and (3) excise taxes, including taxes on liquor, cigarettes, public utilities, hotel occupancy, motor fuel, coin-operated amusement devices, bingo, and real estate transfers. IDOR also assists local governments with property tax responsibilities and tax oversight functions. This includes the administration and supervision of the state's $29.8 billion local property tax system. The department issues county equalization factors to ensure uniform property assessment levels throughout the state and assists local offices with their property tax responsibilities. The Liquor Control Commission regulates approximately 30,100 licensed businesses that manufacture, distribute, and sell alcoholic beverages in the state, as well as 8,600 licensed special event functions where alcoholic beverages are sold. The commission is also involved in educational and public awareness campaigns to reduce underage drinking.