Home   Revenue, Department of  Firearm Tax

Firearm Tax

Untitled Page



Cook County Firearm Tax Ordinance (Chapter 74, Article XX)  (at municode.com)

Ordinance providing for the imposition of a tax on the retail purchase of a firearm within Cook County.

(Ordinance No. 12-O-64, adopted 11-09-2012)


In November 2012, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the County’s fiscal year 2013 budget. As part of the budget, a new tax was enacted on firearms.
Effective April 1, 2013, as provided in Sections 74-665 thru 74-675, Firearm Tax Ordinance, a tax is imposed on the retail purchase of a firearm in the amount of $25.00 for each firearm purchased. Any retail dealer as defined in this article shall register with the Department in the form and manner prescribed by the Department. Policies, rules and procedures for the registration process and forms shall be prescribed by the Department. Once you have been registered, you will receive a packet including the pre-printed Firearm Tax Returns and Schedules issued by the Department that you are required to remit on a monthly basis.
To obtain the Cook County Registration Form, please click here.
To obtain a copy of the Firearm Tax Ordinance, please click here.

Collection and Remittance

It shall be the duty of every retail dealer to remit and report the tax due on sales of firearms purchased in Cook County on forms prescribed by the Department. After April 1, 2013, the first tax return and payment, if applicable, is due by May 20, 2013. Subsequent returns and payments are due on the 20th day of each month. Returns must be submitted even if no tax is due.


Exempt Purchases

 In accordance with the ordinance, retail dealers shall not collect the firearm tax when the firearm is sold to:

  1. An office, division, or agency of the United States, the State of Illinois, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision, including the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard.
  2. A bona fide veterans organization which receive firearms directly from the Armed Forces of the United States and uses said firearms strictly and solely for ceremonial purposes with blank ammunition.
  3. Any active sworn law enforcement officer purchasing a firearm for official or training related purposes presenting an official law enforcement identification card at the time of purchase.
However, retail dealers must collect and submit required information regarding such sales on schedules issued by the Department.



To obtain the Cook County Registration Form, please click here.
To obtain a copy of the Firearm Tax Ordinance, please click here.






Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

Finance, Bureau of

Main Office:

118 N. Clark Street Room 1160
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-6870

Zahra Ali, Director

M-F: 8:30AM-4.30PM;
Sat-Sun: Closed