When adding up the effect of all state and local taxes, Illinois asks middle- and low-income households to pay a percentage of their income that is two to three times higher than the highest-income households pay.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can all pay our fair share to make sure Illinois has the money it needs for public resources we all value—including quality education, roads and bridges, and safe communities. Lawmakers can improve tax fairness in Illinois this legislative session by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and reforming the state income tax to use a multi-tiered rate structure that applies lower rates to lower levels of income and higher rates to higher levels of income.
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