NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Limousine operators in Illinois might
soon see another tax day, even though April 15 is a long
That’s because Gov. Rod Blagojevich, in an attempt to help
resolve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, has proposed
eliminating the Rolling Stock Sale Tax Exemption that
livery businesses currently benefit from.
The tax law has for years exempted livery
operators, along with taxicab and trucking companies and
others, from paying sales tax on vehicles and vehicle
If passed, this new measure would eliminate that benefit
and could have dramatic results for limousine operators.
“The livery community is depressed and adding cost
without adding business, particularly at this time, is
really going to be a life threatening issue for many of our
companies,” said Karen Renk, executive director for the
Illinois Limousine Association.
How much of a monetary impact could this have?
“Some of our members have estimated that it could equal as
much as $100,000 a year [in costs] that they are currently
not paying,” Renk said. “And, obviously that shift would
result in increased fares for the riders.”
Client safety is also a concern, Renk noted. The
measure could force operators to keep their cars longer,
perhaps beyond their recommended retirement dates.
The ILA formed a committee of concerned operators
to meet with a lobbyist to develop what Renk called a fast
plan of action to prevent the measure from being passing.
The governor’s proposal was scheduled to appear before both
the Illinois House and Senate by mid-May.
Visit ILA’s Web site www.useourlimos.org for up-to-