Fact Sheet: The High Cost of Doing Nothing
June 9, 2014
Because the Illinois legislature failed to act during the spring 2014 legislative session, both of the temporary state income tax increases that became law under the Taxpayer Accountability and Budget Stabilization Act of 2011 (TABSA) will begin to phase down halfway through Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which begins on July 1, 2014. Under TABSA, the personal income tax rate will decline from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, and the corporate income tax rate will drop from 7 percent to 5.25 percent beginning on January 1, 2015. This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the FY2015 General Fund budget passed by the General Assembly, and demonstrates that in this case there is a very high cost of doing nothing.