Don’t be fooled by false attacks on the proposed Illinois Fair Tax

The higher rates would apply only to incomes over $250,000. And if Legislature wanted to tax retirement incomes, they could have done that years ago.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker in March outlines his plan to replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with a graduated tax structure.

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I’m continually amazed at Illinoisans’ willful ignorance about the Fair Tax amendment, as expressed in a letter to the Sun-Times earlier this week. The amendment question is whether Illinois should move from a flat income tax to a graduated tax, as is the case in 31 other states.

The higher rates would apply only to incomes over $250,000. This affects only 3% of Illinoisans. And if legislators wanted to tax retirement income, as the letter-writer said, they could have done that a long time ago.

If the Fair Tax Amendment does not pass, the flat rate likely will be raised even more, and property and sales taxes will need to be raised.

Beth Najberg, Near North Side

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