Revenue Policy

Impact on Illinois' Structural Deficit

Release: October 21, 2019

The state of Illinois faces a significant structural deficit into the future. The report highlights the nature of the structural deficit and identifies two key causes: the state’s historically flawed  tax policy and the plan devised for repayment of Illinois’ pension debt. CTBA proposes both the adoption of the Fair Tax and a reamortization of the pension debt as described in the report titled: Addressing Illinois’ Pension Debt Crisis With Reamortization. Doing so would allow the State to ensure full funding for the Evidence Based Funding Formula while also improving the status of Illinois’ public employee pension system and eliminating the State’s structural deficit by 2042.

Special Report: Flawed Tax Policy is the Primary Driver of Illinois' Recurring General Fund Deficits

Release: June 3, 2013

The Taxpayer Accountability and Budget Stabilization Act of 2011 temporarily increased the personal and corporate income tax rates, providing the state with much needed revenue. This Special Report examines the impact of those tax increases on the state's General Fund budget deficits for fiscal years 2011-2013.

The Illinois State Budget and Tax Primer

Release: March 1, 2013

With over 70 tables and charts, the Illinois State Budget and Tax Primer details the technical elements of the budget process, revenue system and challenges the state faces in clear terms.  

The Case for Creating a Graduated Income Tax in Illinois

Release: February 1, 2012

Creating a graduated rate structure for the Illinois individual income tax is one  long-term, structural policy change that would simultaneously stimulate job growth in the state, tax people more fairly and reduce Illinois’ General Fund deficits.This Report explains why a graduated rate structure is needed in Illinois, and how it would impact taxpayers and the state's budget.

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