Why the League Supports a Fair Income Tax for Illinois
By Jean Pierce and Ann Courter, LWVIL Issues and Advocacy Committee
For more than 40 years, the League of Women Voters has supported a graduated rate income tax for Illinois. It made sense then, and it makes sense now. Finally, in May of this year the General Assembly agreed with us that the public deserves to vote whether the state constitution should be amended to remove the requirement that income shall be taxed at a flat, non-graduated rate. This change would permit income to be taxed at different rates, with higher income taxed at a higher rates, and lower income at lower rates, as in the federal income tax system. In the general election in November, 2020, we will have the opportunity to amend the constitution in this way. All it takes is our votes - there is no need for a Constitutional Convention. To amend this section of the state Constitution, approval is needed by either the majority of those voting in November 2020, or 3/5 of those who do not skip the question and vote on the proposed amendment.
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