15 Jun Illinois: Implementation of Chicago Tobacco Tax Delayed
Earlier this month, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Iwan Ries & Co., the Cigar Association of America, the Illinois Association of Wholesale Distributors, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, and Arangold Corporation d/b/a Arango Cigar Co., filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago regarding a tobacco tax in violation of Illinois’s home rule statute.
The City of Chicago has agreed to defer the implementation of the tax from July 1, 2016 until the 60th day after the Circuit Court enters a decision on whether the city is indeed preempted from adopting such a tax. This order is positive news for IPCPR’s 22 members in Chicago, who will not be required to collect or pay the tax beginning July 1.
Please stay tuned for further updates on the status of this pending lawsuit.