Progressive Income Tax Discussed

Taxes were up for discussion at a recent DuPage County Board Economic Development Committee meeting.

Naperville representative to the board and chairwoman of the committee, Tonia Khouri, set up the informational meeting with State Representative Ron Sandack to educate fellow board members and voters on what a progressive income tax would mean for the county.

Proposed constitutional amendments, HJRCA 33 and SJRCA 40, which have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate, would change the state’s income tax from a flat or single rate to a graduated scale.

A three-fifths supermajority from each chamber would be needed for a referendum to be put on the November 2014 ballot.

Voters could then take to the polls and make the decision on whether to change the state’s tax system.

Two years ago, the Illinois General Assembly temporarily increased the state’s personal income tax rates on individuals and corporations from three to five percent for individuals and from five to seven percent for corporations.

State Representative Sandack says he will not be supporting changing the state’s tax system.

“This system will hurt Illinois,” said Sandack. “It’s going to hurt businesses and stop others from investing in our state.”

Some DuPage County Board members pushed back on the idea that a flat tax rate is fair for all citizens.

“A flat tax isn’t fair. People who make less than $50,000 a year pay more in total taxes than their wealthier counterparts,” said Elizabeth Chaplin, Representative for District 2. “That’s from the League of Women Voters who are non-partisan group and support graduated income tax.”

Both proposed bills are still in committee.

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