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Illinois imposes a tax on those in the business of selling, distributing, supplying, or furnishing electricity or natural gas for use or consumption. The telephone tax is 7%. The electricity tax is 5%, 0.32 cents per kilowatt-hour, or taxed at a declining graduated rate based on usage, whichever is lower. Some local governments also collect utility taxes.
- Illinois does not tax water and sewer utilities.
- Electricity and natural gas tax exemptions are available in Illinois Enterprise Zones (certain job creation criteria apply).