Why the League of Women Voters supports the Fair Tax
“For 50 years, the League of Women Voters has supported a graduated rate or fair income tax for Illinois,” LWV of Illinois President Allyson Haut writes in the Daily Herald.
“At the top of this November’s general election ballot, voters will have the opportunity to fix our state’s unfair, antiquated way of taxing income. All it takes is our votes. Why does the League believe that the principle of higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for lower incomes is a truly fair tax?
“The first reason is equity. Unlike the old way of taxing income, the Fair Tax is based on ability to pay. Currently, the bottom 20% of wage earners in Illinois pay twice the share of income in state and local taxes as the top wage earners. This is more than the lower wage earners would pay in any other Midwestern state.
“Fair tax reform will help lift the burden from the middle class and those struggling to get to the middle class. Now more than ever, as the pandemic affects our state, we need a way to continue to help those most in need, and to have those with the most means lend a hand.”
The League of Women Voters is a 100-year-old nonpartisan advocacy organization.