Poor Families in Illinois Are Hit Harder by the Income Tax Than Those in Other States
Illinois 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
Ranking among 42 states with income taxes
For two-parent families of four: $6,600.
For single-parent families of three: $5,000.
2nd lowest (tie)
Illinois 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $313.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $250.
For families of three with minimum-wage earnings ($10,712): $173.
For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $441.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $350.
Despite progress, Illinois continues to tax families with incomes below the poverty line.
As a result of changes enacted in 1998, Illinoiss tax threshold for families of four increased in 1999, and further increases are scheduled for 2000. However, a substantial gap remains between the threshold and the poverty line.
In 1991, a family of four owed tax when its income exceeded 29 percent of the poverty line. For 1999, Illinois tax threshold equals 39 percent of the poverty line.