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Cook County Modernizes, Offers Online Tax Payments for Business

Cook County Modernizes Offers Online Tax Payments for Business
The Cook County Department of Revenue (DOR) is now offering an online electronic payment option for home rule taxes, President Preckwinkle announced today.

Home rule payments for parking, gas and diesel, amusement, liquor, and dealerships paying use and new motor vehicles taxes, can all be paid through the new automated clearinghouse (ACH) payment option system.  This means registered business taxpayers will be able to enter their bank account numbers on the county’s website at http://revenue.cookcountyil.gov/pwe to remit tax payments, rather than having to mail the remittance in, or drop it off in person.  There is a $1 fee per transaction for ACH payments – a charge collected by the bank.

“My administration has made it a priority to ensure all government functions are carried out with the highest degree of efficiency,” President Preckwinkle said.  “The Department of Revenue’s implementation of the electronic payment system is a significant step towards achieving this goal, and there is additional functionality planned to continue simplifying the payment process for taxpayers.”

The new ACH option replaces an outdated manual operating model which had been in place for more than ten years.  With this additional payment option, the DOR will be able to receive revenue dollars faster, minimize errors, and realign staff resources.  This latest technological update is part of a larger effort to resolve administrative inefficiencies and streamline payment processes at the DOR.  The county’s in-house IT staff worked with pro bono providers to complete the electronic payment system.

“We are headed in the right direction and ultimately our goal is revenue enhancement, faster revenue dollars to Cook County, and cost reduction associated with mailing and paper processing,” said Director of Revenue Zahra Ali.

Implementation of the ACH payment option is one phase of a DOR strategic modernization plan that includes technological upgrades, reallocation of human resources, increased compliance, streamlined processes to increase efficiency, defined efficient processes for future improvement, and additional in-house trainings.  As a result, the DOR has already been able to enhance additional collection efforts, work towards revenue centralization, and increase revenue compliance while amplifying overall productivity and output.

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