In November 2020, Illinois residents will vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would permit the state to shift to a graduated income tax, allowing lower-income people to pay proportionately less in state taxes.
Lawmakers passed the proposal earlier this year, but voters must also approve a ballot referendum.
Currently, every taxpayer pays a flat rate of 4.95 percent of their income, a burden that falls more heavily on low-income people.
AARP Illinois will work throughout next year to educate voters about the potential move to a graduated income tax.
The organization will put informational inserts in Illinois newspapers and create a tax calculator for the Chicago Sun-Times website so voters can see how much they would pay under the proposed system.
Go to aarp.org/il for more information.
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