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A. A tax is imposed on any or all of the following acts or privileges:
1. The act or privilege of originating in Riverwoods or receiving in Riverwoods intrastate telecommunications by a person at a rate not to exceed five percent (5%) of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. However, such tax is not imposed on such act or privilege to the extent such act or privilege may not, under the Constitution and statutes of the United States, be made the subject to taxation by municipalities in Illinois.
2. The act or privilege of originating in Riverwoods or receiving in Riverwoods interstate telecommunications by a person at a rate not to exceed five percent (5%) of the gross charge for such telecommunications purchased at retail from a retailer by such person. To prevent actual multi-state taxation of the act or privilege that is subject to taxation under this subsection, any taxpayer, upon proof that the taxpayer has paid a tax in another state on such event, shall be allowed a credit against any tax enacted pursuant to an ordinance authorized by this subsection to the extent of the amount of such tax properly due and paid in such other state which was not previously allowed as a credit against any other state or local tax in this State. However, such tax is not imposed on the act or privilege to the extent such act or privilege may not, under the Constitution and statutes of the United States, be made the subject to taxation by municipalities in Illinois.
B. The tax authorized by this Section shall be collected from the taxpayer by a retailer maintaining a place of business in this State and making or effectuating the sale at retail and shall be remitted by such retailers to the Village. Any tax required to be collected pursuant to this Section and any such tax collected by such retailer shall constitute a debt owed by the retailer to the Village. Retailers shall collect the tax from the taxpayer by adding the tax to the gross charge for the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications when sold for use in the manner prescribed by the Village. The tax authorized by this Section shall constitute a debt of the purchaser to the retailer who provides such taxable services until paid and, if unpaid, is recoverable at law in the same manner as the original charge for such taxable services. If the retailer fails to collect the tax from the taxpayer, then the taxpayer shall be required to pay the tax directly to the Village in the manner provided by the Village.
C. The tax imposed by this Section shall be in addition to the payment of money, or value of products or services furnished to the Village by the taxpayer as compensation for the use of its streets, alleys, or other public places, or installation and maintenance therein, thereon or thereunder of poles, wires, pipes or other equipment used in the operation of the taxpayer's business.
D. For the purpose of the taxes enumerated in this Section, the following definitions shall apply:
AMOUNT PAID: The amount charged to the taxpayer's service address in Riverwoods regardless of where such amount is billed or paid.
GROSS CHARGE: The amount paid for the act or privilege of originating or receiving telecommunications in Riverwoods and for all services rendered in connection therewith, valued in money whether paid in money or otherwise, including cash, credits, services and property of every kind or nature, and shall be determined without any deduction on account used, labor or service costs or any other expense whatsoever. In case credit is extended, the amount thereof shall be included only as and when paid. However, "gross charge" shall not include:
1. Any amounts added to a purchaser's bill because of a charge made pursuant to: the tax imposed by this Section; additional charges added to a purchaser's bill pursuant to section 9-222 of the Public Utilities Act; the tax imposed by the Telecommunications Excise Tax Act; or, the tax imposed by section 4251 of the Internal Revenue Code;
2. Charges for a "sent collect" telecommunication received outside of Riverwoods;
3. Charges for leased time on equipment or charges for the storage of data or information or subsequent retrieval or the processing of date or information intended to change its form or content. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to, the use of calculators, computers, data processing equipment, tabulating equipment or accounting equipment and also includes the usage of computers under a time-sharing agreement;
4. Charges for customer equipment including such equipment that is leased or rented by the customer from any source, wherein such charges are desegregated and separately identified from other charges;
5. Charges to business enterprises certified under section 9-222.1 of the Public Utilities Act to the extent of such exemption and during the period of time specified by the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs;
6. Charges for telecommunications and all services and equipment provided in connection therewith between a parent corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries when the tax imposed under this Section has already been paid to a retailer and only to the extent that the charges between the parent corporation and wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries represent expense allocation between the corporations and not the generation of profit for the corporation rendering such service;
7. Bad debts ("bad debt" means any portion of a debt that is related to a sale at retail for which gross charges are not otherwise deductible or excludable that has become worthless or uncollectible, as determined under applicable Federal income tax standards; if the portion of the debt deemed to be bad is subsequently paid, the retailer shall report and pay the tax on that portion during the reporting period in which the payment is made); or
8. Charges paid by inserting coins in coin- operated telecommunication devices.
INTERSTATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS: All telecommunications that either originate or terminate outside Illinois.
INTRASTATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS: All telecommunications that originate and terminate within Illinois.
PERSON: Any natural individual, firm, trust, estate, partnership, association, joint stock company, joint venture, corporation or a receiver, trustee, guardian or other representative appointed by order of any court, the Federal and State governments, including State universities created by statute, or any city, town, county, or other political subdivision of this State.
PURCHASE AT RETAIL: The acquisition, consumption or use of telecommunications through a sale at retail.
RETAILER: Includes every person engaged in the business of making "sales at retail" as defined in this Section. The Village of Riverwoods may, in its discretion, upon application, authorize the collection of the tax hereby imposed by any retailer not maintaining a place of business within this State who, to the satisfaction of the Village, furnishes adequate security to ensure collection and payment of the tax. Such retailer shall be issued, without charge, a permit to collect such tax. When so authorized, it shall be the duty of such retailer to collect the tax upon all of the gross charges for telecommunications in Riverwoods in the same manner and subject to the same requirements as a retailer maintaining a place of business within Riverwoods.
RETAILER MAINTAINING A PLACE OF BUSINESS IN THIS STATE (any like term): Includes any retailer having or maintaining within Illinois, directly or by a subsidiary, an office, distribution facilities, transmission facilities, sales office, warehouse or other place of business, or any agent or other representative or operating within Illinois under the authority of the retailer or its subsidiary, irrespective of whether such place of business or agent or other representative is located here permanently or temporarily, or whether such retailer or subsidiary is licensed to do business in Illinois.
SALE AT RETAIL: The transmitting, supplying or furnishing of telecommunications and all services rendered in connection therewith for a consideration, to persons other than the Federal and State governments, and State universities created by statute and other than between a parent corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries, when the tax has already been paid to a retailer and the gross charge made by one such corporation to another such corporation is not greater than the gross charge paid to the retailer for their use or consumption and not for resale.
SERVICE ADDRESS: The location of telecommunications equipment from which telecommunications services are originated or at which telecommunications services are received by a taxpayer. If this is not a defined location, as in the case of mobile phones, paging systems, maritime systems, air-to-ground systems and the like, "service address" shall mean the location of a taxpayer's primary use of the telecommunications equipment as defined by telephone number, authorization code or location in Illinois where bills are sent.
TAXPAYER: A person who individually or through his agents, employees or permittee engages in the act or privilege of originating in Evanston or receiving in Evanston telecommunications and who incurs a tax liability hereunder.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS: In addition to the usual and popular meaning, includes but is not limited to, messages or information transmitted through use of local, toll and wide area telephone service, channel services, telegraph services, teletypewriter service, computer exchange services; cellular mobile telecommunications service, specialized mobile radio services, paging service, or any other form of mobile and portable one-way or two-way communications, or any other transmission of messages or information by electronic or similar means, between or among points by wire, cable, fiber optics, laser, microwave, radio, satellite or similar facilities. The definition of "telecommunications" shall not include value-added services in which computer processing applications are used to act on the form, content, code and protocol of the information for purposes other than transmission. "Telecommunications" shall not include purchase of telecommunications by a telecommunications service provided for use as a component part of the service provided by him to the ultimate retail consumer who originates or terminates the taxable end-to-end communications. Carrier access charges, right of access charges, charges for use of inner-company facilities, and all telecommunications resold in the subsequent provision used as a component of, or integrated into, end-to-end telecommunications service shall be nontaxable as sales for resale.
E. If a person, who originates or receives telecommunications in Riverwoods, claims to be a reseller of such telecommunications, such person shall apply to the Village for a resale number. Such applicant shall state facts which will show the Village why such applicant is not liable for tax under this Section on any of such purchases and shall furnish such additional information as the Village may reasonably require.
1. Resale Number: Upon approval of the application, the Village shall assign a resale number to the applicant and shall certify such number to the applicant. The Village may cancel any number which is obtained through misrepresentation, or which is used to send or receive such telecommunication tax-free when such actions in fact are not for resale, or which no longer applies because of the person's having discontinued the making of resales.
2. Exception: Except as provided hereinabove in this Section, the act or privilege of sending or receiving telecommunications in this State shall not be made tax-free on the ground of being a sale for resale unless the person has an active resale number from the Village and furnishes that number to the retailer in connection with certifying to the retailer that any sale to such person is nontaxable because of being a sale for resale.
F. Any taxpayer who fails to make a return or who makes a fraudulent return, or who wilfully violates any other provision of this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), and in addition shall be liable in a civil action for the amount of tax due, attorney fees incurred by the Village, plus interest and costs. (Ord. 95-3-2, 3-7-1995)