If you are selling your property:Notify the Village. Fill out an application for real estate transfer. Final water reading will be done electronically 2 business days before closing. Final bill and all amounts owed to the Village need to be paid before receiving the transfer stamp on the original deed. The original deed can be brought into Village Hall or mailed for the transfer stamp. There is no fee for the transfer stamp.
If you are purchasing a property:New owner information is given to the Village from the seller. They bring the deed into Village Hall for the transfer stamp. Please call/email to verify that we have the correct spelling and contact information after your closing date.
If you are a renter and moving out:Fill out a service termination form. This form includes move out date, forwarding address and contact information. Rental deposit will apply to the final bill. The credit or final bill will be mailed to the forwarding address.
If you are a renter and moving into a propertyFill out rental deposit application. Bring in or mail completed form with a copy of the lease, deposit ($100.00 deposit for residential and commercial properties and $200.00 deposit for industrial properties) and copy of driver’s license or identification.Contact Water Billing for information about moving in or out of properties.
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The Village does not have a real estate transfer tax; however, anyone who sells or transfers real estate must present the original deed at the Finance Department counter in order to obtain a Real Estate Transfer Stamp. All water, sewer, garbage fees, outstanding tickets, and penalties related thereto must be paid in full before a Real Estate Transfer Stamp is issued onto the original deed. The requirement to obtain a real estate transfer stamp applies to all property owners in Wheeling including condominium owners who pay for water, sewer and garbage service indirectly through their monthly assessments. Note: This requirement also applies to re-finance, quit claim deeds, and transfer of ownership to a trust. (Section 15.10 of the Wheeling Municipal Code).
The total sales tax rate in the Cook County portion of Wheeling is 10.00% (effective 01/01/2016), which is comprised of a 6.25% state levy, 1.75% county levy, 1.00% regional transit agency levy, and 1.00% Village of Wheeling home rule levy.
In Cook County, the total sales tax rate on autos and boats is 7.25% (no home rule tax). The total sales tax rate on groceries and drugs is 2.25% (no state, county or home rule component).
In the Lake County portion of Wheeling, the total sales tax rate is 8.00% (effective 1/1/2016) and is comprised of a 6.25% state levy, 1.00% Village of Wheeling home rule levy, and a .75% regional transit agency levy.
In Lake County, the total sales tax rate on autos and boats is 7.00% (no home rule tax). The total sales tax rate on groceries and drugs is 1.75% (no state, county or home rule component).
The Village of Wheeling receives a total of 2 percentage points of the total sales tax rate in both Cook County and Lake County (i.e. 1 percentage point from the State’s share and 1 percentage point from the Village’s home rule sales tax levy).
The Village receives a total of 1 percentage point of the sales tax rate on groceries and drugs sold in Cook County and Lake County.
Food & Beverage Tax– The Village has a 1% tax (in addition to the sales tax rate) on all food and beverages served at places for eating in Wheeling. Places for eating is defined as a place where prepared food is sold at retail for immediate consumption with seating provided on the premises (including any outdoor seating on the premises), whether the food is consumed on the premises or not. Please click here for a registration form or tax return.
Telecommunications Tax - The Village imposes a 6% tax on telephones, cellular phones, fax machines, and similar services. The tax is collected by the customer’s telecommunications provider and typically appears on each provider’s monthly bill.
Hotel/Motel Tax – The Village imposes a 6% tax on hotel/motel rooms in Wheeling. The Village’s tax is in addition to the hotel/motel tax imposed by the State.
911 Fees– The Village imposes a .75 cent per landline fee in Wheeling. The revenue from the fee is used to pay for costs associated with operating a 911 emergency telephone system. The Village also receives a portion of a similar fee imposed by the State on cellular phone users in Illinois.