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What is the Fair Tax amendment?


What is the Fair Tax amendment?

The Fair Tax constitutional amendment changes the state constitution to eliminate the requirement that Illinois tax income at a single rate, allowing instead for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for people with lower incomes

Why support the Fair Tax?

A Fair Tax is a necessary change to our constitution that will bring fairness to our tax system, asking the wealthiest Illinoisans to pay a little more so that the tax burden no longer falls on the state’s working people.

By slightly raising taxes on the top 3% the state will bring in an estimated $7 billion dollars, which will help fill the current state budget hole and help fund essential priorities like public health, public education, public safety, and social services.

What does the Fair Tax amendment mean for me?

Fair Tax reform will require wealthy people to pay their fair share, the other 97% of us – those families earning $250,000 or less – will see a tax cut or no change at all.

Use this calculator to see how the Fair Tax would impact your family.

What will it take to pass a Fair Tax?

To enact a Fair Tax in Illinois, one of two things must happen when we vote in November:
60% of those answering the referendum must vote YES, or
A simple majority of all those voting in the election must vote YES

Stay safe: Vote by mail!

We are confident that our election judges and polling places will be taking every precaution available when they open this fall for Early Voting and Election Day. However, if you want to stay away from these public spaces to avoid coronavirus exposure – or just cross voting off your to-do list early – you can easily sign up to Vote by Mail!

While you won’t get that highly sought-after “I voted” sticker, be assured that your vote will be counted. And you will be completing the same ballot questions as the people who vote on Election Day – including voting YES for a Fair Tax!  

Visit IFT Votes to find out useful information about voting, IFT candidate endorsements, and ways you can get involved. For information on voting by mail, visit the state Board of Elections.

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