Local Motor Fuel Tax

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Information about the City of Bloomington's Local Motor Fuel Tax is available here, including the relevant code, registration and remittance forms, and frequently asked questions.

If you need any additional information please contact the Finance Department at (309) 434-2233.

Local Motor Fuel Tax Chapter 39, Article XVIII
Local Motor Fuel Tax Chapter 39 Article XVII - Amendment Effective 5/1/19
Local Motor Fuel Tax Registration Form

Local Motor Fuel Tax Remittance Form

Local Motor Fuel Tax FAQs

  • What is the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    Beginning May 1, 2019, the Local Motor Fuel Tax is an eight cent ($0.08) per gallon tax on the retail sale of Local Motor Fuel [up from four cents ($0.04) previously].

  • What does the Local Motor Fuel Tax apply to?

    The tax applies to all volatile and inflammable liquids produced, blended, or compounded for the purposes of, or which are suitable or practicable for, operating motor vehicles.

    Examples include any gasoline, gasohol, diesel, specialty fuel or other combustible gas.

    For further guidance, refer to City Municipal Code, Chapter 39, Article XVIII.

  • Are there any exemptions to the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    No. There are no exemptions.
  • What is the difference between the Local Motor Fuel Tax and the State’s Motor Fuel Tax?

    The Local Motor Fuel tax is in addition to the State’s motor fuel tax.

    As such, the City's eight cents ($0.08) per gallon Local Motor Fuel tax is levied directly by the City of Bloomington and should be submitted directly each month to the City.

  • Who is liable for the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    It is the responsibility of any business owner who thinks they may be subject to this tax to implement and remit this tax to the City.

    Although the Local Motor Fuel Tax can be passed on to patrons, the business owner is liable for collecting and submitting this tax to the City. Each Business will need to determine the best mechanism for charging and collecting this tax.

    To register, use the Local Motor Fuel Tax Registration Form.

    Note: The City retains the right to audit the books of any business subject to this tax as outlined in the municipal code.

  • Can I submit the Local Motor Fuel Tax on the same form as other local taxes?

    No. Local Motor Fuel Taxes must be submitted separately from any other tax you may be liable for.

    You must use the Local Motor Fuel Tax Remittance Form.

  • Can I submit Local Motor Fuel Tax Forms online?

    Not at this time. Instead, forms can be downloaded from our website and filled out online where tax can be calculated automatically and printed out.

  • Can I pay Local Motor Fuel Tax Forms online?

    Not at this time. Instead, either:

    1. Mail your form along with a check, or
    2. Bring in your form to the Finance Department along with cash or a check.

  • When do I file the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    The Local Motor Fuel Tax must be remitted by the 25th day of the month following the month of collection.

    1. If you remit by mail, it must be postmarked by the 25th
    2. If you bring in your form to City Hall, we must receive it on the 25th

    For example, Local Motor Fuel Taxes collected in the month of August must be remitted on or before the 25th of September.

  • What happens if Local Motor Fuel Tax is remitted after the 25th of the month?

    If taxes are remitted after the 25th of the month:

    1. A 5% late payment penalty fee is applied, AND
    2. A 2% interest charge for each month payment is not received.

  • How should I file the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    1. Complete the monthly Local Motor Fuel Tax Remittance Form
    2. Attach support documents [State Forms ST-1, ST-2]
    3. Sign the Form
    4. Write a check
    5. Mail or drop off all documents by the 25th of the month,

    BY MAIL: IN-PERSON:
    City of Bloomington City Hall - Finance Department
    ATTN: Local Motor Fuel Tax Collections Room 100
    PO BOX 3157 109 E. Olive Street
    Bloomington, IL 61702-3157 Bloomington, IL 61704

  • How do I get started with the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

    1. Identify whether your business is liable to collect and remit Local Motor Fuel Taxes.
    2. Register your business with the Finance Department.
    3. Collect and remit taxes to the City’s Finance Department.

     

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