Illinois won’t eliminate refunds of non-highway motor fuel tax

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The Illinois Department of Revenue has reversed its decision about suspending the payment of refunds of motor fuel tax paid for fuel used in non-highway purposes. IDOR, which had contended that the refund provision should have ceased on Dec. 31, 2005, suspended the processing of RMFT 11-A forms and removed the form from its website.

But the Mid-West Truckers Association and other groups contended that IDOR did not have the authority to “sunset” the refund mechanism, unlike many other provisions of the state revenue code. IDOR Director Brian Hamer on Thursday, April 10, said he accepted those arguments and would again allow the refunds to be filed, processed and paid.

Truck operators with PTOs, reefers, cement and garbage trucks, well drillers, fertilizer spreaders and others are able to apply for refunds of the MFT based on documented evidence by the filing of the RMFT11-A form. IDOR refunds were upwards of $6 million for taxes paid on non-highway diesel fuel during the last year.

The RMFT11-A form can be found here.