Delivery Charges for Online Grocery Orders

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Man delivering groceries.

Illinois has ruled on how to tax delivery charges when an online grocery purchase includes a mix of items taxed at different rates.

Illinois imposes a tax on the sale of tangible personal property. The tax rate can be either standard or reduced depending on the item sold. Delivery charges are also taxable in some cases. When they are taxable, the rate to apply depends on the items being delivered. If the majority of the selling price is made up of items taxed at the reduced rate, the reduced rate will apply to delivery charges. Otherwise, the standard rate applies.

Delivery charges are taxable when (1) they are lumped together with the cost of groceries or (2) the buyer cannot avoid a delivery charge. In both situations, delivery charges are included in the sales price of the groceries and are thus subject to tax. However, when other options - such as picking up the groceries at a store - are available, separately stated delivery charges are not subject to tax.

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