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Illinois taxes its low-income families more than almost every other state

Caitlin WilsonReboot Illinois

Nov 25, 2014

Illinois was named one of six states that imposes a state income tax burden of more than $200 on families living at the national poverty level ($23,624 a year in 2013) by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the second-highest in the country. This is in contrast to the federal income tax breaks that are often offered to these same families. The Washington Post points out that this policy might be hurting families’ abilities to grow and move themselves out of poverty

Across the board, Illinoisans currently pay 5 percent…

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