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Bingo Tax & License Fees

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Definition

The tax is imposed on the privilege of conducting bingo games. Annual license fees are imposed on operators, providers, and suppliers of bingo games.

To operate a bingo game, the organization

Note: The five-year requirement is reduced to two years when it is applied to a local organization that is affiliated with and chartered by a national organization that meets the five-year requirement.

Primary filing requirements

License

— License fees must be paid when the application is filed. To apply for a license,

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License Fees

An operator’s license can be purchased for one year for $200. This license entitles an organization to hold one bingo session a week, with a maximum of 25 bingo games per session and a maximum of $2,250 in prizes or merchandise per session. A licensed organization may obtain permits to hold two special events per year of up to five days each. (In Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties, and the city of Redbud, the prize limit is $3,250.)

Organizations that would qualify for annual licenses but prefer not to conduct weekly bingo sessions may obtain a limited license at the cost of $50. This license entitles them to conduct a maximum of two bingo events during the year. Each event is limited to five consecutive days. No more than two limited licenses may be issued to any organization in any year.

Persons, firms, or organizations that rent or lease premises (e.g., rooms, halls, or buildings) for bingo games must purchase a provider’s license for $200 for one year or $600 for three years.

Persons, firms, or organizations that sell, lease, or otherwise distribute bingo supplies (e.g., cards or markers) must purchase a supplier’s license for $200 for one year or $600 for three years.

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