The state of Illinois is offering a sales tax amnesty on online purchases in an effort to collect unpaid taxes and emphasize that items bought online
must be reported by consumers. Under a bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn,
shoppers can pay unpaid sales taxes on goods bought between June 20,
2004 and the end of 2010, without penalty, beginning January 1, 2011.
The amnesty will last until October 15, 2011. The state estimated that
it could lose $150 million a year in unpaid sales taxes.