Aggregated Retail Sales Tax Reports Data (Cook County Treasurer)

Matt Chapman - Free Our Info, NFP filed this request with the Cook County Treasurer of Cook County, IL.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

18-0697

Multi Request Aggregated Retail Sales Tax Reports Data
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Matt Chapman - Free Our Info, NFP


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

(This is not a request for reports.)

A copy of all data, of which is in aggregate form, that has been used or shared either with, or by, your agency that includes the retails sales tax information of one or more Illinois businesses. Please limit the scope of this request to 2014 to 2018.

Per Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, 35 ILCS 120/11 Sec. 11, "reasonable statistics" can be made available for public records- ie, aggregated retails tax information. The release of this information can be done without the violation of reciprocal agreements of information similar to [1]
"Nothing in this Act prevents the Director of Revenue from publishing or making available to the public the names and addresses of persons filing returns under this Act, or reasonable statistics concerning the operation of the tax by grouping the contents of returns so the information in any individual return is not disclosed."

When compiling the responsive records for this request, my preferred level of aggregation can prioritized in the following order:
Census block
Census block group
Census tract
ZIP
township

I understand that this request may be a bit broad - I can be reached at 312.721.7448 to discuss the clarification and limiting of scope for this request.

[1] http://www.revenue.state.il.us/localgovernment/reciprocalagreementoninformationexchange.pdf

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matt Chapman

From: Cook County Treasurer

May 30, 2018

Matt Chapman
MuckRock News

Re: F.O.I.A. Request No. 18-0697 Received 5/21/2018

Dear Mr. Chapman:

This letter is in response to your request for records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq., wherein you requested, "a copy of all compiled reports that have been shared either with, or by, your agency which include the retails sales tax information of one or more Illinois businesses" and "a copy of all data, of which is in aggregate form, that has been used or shared wither with, or by, your agency that includes the retails sales tax information of one or more Illinois businesses."

Your request is denied for the following reason: Records of retail sales of Illinois businesses are not records shared with or by the Cook County Treasurer's Office, but are records prepared by, for and under the control of the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.

The undersigned is the individual responsible for the denial. You have a right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). You can file your request for review with the PAC by writing to:

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Phone: 877-299-3642
Email: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us

You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in the state circuit court. 5 ILCS 140/11.

Sincerely,

Geralyn Wenkel
Staff Attorney & FOIA Officer
Office of the Cook County Treasurer
Fax: (312) 603-6967
foia@cookcountytreasurer.com

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