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Illinois Taxes Highest in the Nation

Illinois now has the dubious honor of having the highest taxes in the United States, according to an analysis by personal finance website WalletHub, which looked at state and local taxes, income taxes, real estate taxes, sales and excise taxes, and vehicle property taxes for the report.

The study shows the average Illinois household pays nearly $9,500 a year in state and local taxes, the highest in the nation, showing Illinois with the highest overall effective state and local taxes, and the second-highest real estate taxes in the country. Analyst Jill Gonzalez said Illinois’ gas taxes catapulted the state to the top of the tax rankings. This year, more than 38 cents in taxes are added per gallon of gasoline in Illinois, which is over 41% greater than the national average. Illinois is one of seven states that adds a general sales tax on top of the gasoline tax. In July 2020, the state had its first automatic gas tax increase by the rate of inflation. The money is intended to help fund a $45 billion capital plan.

The study also found that 74% of people feel the government has not handled their tax dollars wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bryce Hill, a senior research analyst with Illinois Policy, said he expects more Illinoisans to move out of the state because of poor labor and housing market outcomes, stating that “The largest thing affecting those outcomes are the state’s high tax burden and unfriendly business environment that makes it difficult for people and businesses to move to or invest in Illinois.”

Behind Illinois, residents in Connecticut and New York pay the highest taxes. Alaskans pay the lowest taxes, followed by Delaware and Montana.

10 comments
  1. Marvin
    Marvin
    March 10, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Where is all our tax money use for and where is it LIGHTFOOT? OH..I forgot is to pay the lawsuits from police and also our mayors corrupted staff

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  2. Sherry
    Sherry
    March 10, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    My question is WHY doesn’t someone honest do something about this terrible injustice. This is where our homes are and this is our home state but it is getting where we are struggle to keep our homes up like they should be, put food on our tables, enjoy our family get together and so on. Those who have caused this situation should be charged and jailed for all their corruption and suffering they have caused so many families in Illinois plus those that havre already moved out of the state!!

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  3. Nancy Adrian
    Nancy Adrian
    March 10, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I’m looking at places that would be in my best interest, I guess just about any other state would be a good thing.

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  4. Nancy Adrian
    Nancy Adrian
    March 10, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I’m looking at places that would be in my best interest, I guess that would be any other state would be a good thing certainly not Illinois.

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  5. Robert Nixon
    Robert Nixon
    March 10, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Change imagine that we need to get rid of Pritzker

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  6. Debra Hill
    Debra Hill
    March 10, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    This is exactly why a lot of my friends have either moved out of Illinois, or soon plan to. The State of Illinois has long been known for mismanagement of taxpayer funds, and greedy politicians. Their response to budget issues every single time is to raise taxes. Everyone is sick of it!

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  7. Susan
    Susan
    March 10, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Soon we will not be able to live in Illinois can’t afford it wages do not reflect the raise in taxes

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  8. Tom
    Tom
    March 10, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    WHY….WHY…WHY???!!!
    It’s just that simple!!!

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  9. Randy Mast
    Randy Mast
    March 10, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    And this is the reason y so many people r leaving this state and those us who cant afford to move because the taxes. U bunch of ROTTEN THEIVING BASTARDS IN CHICAGO AND SPRINGFIELD just keep taking our tax dollars and for what reason. The infersturcker is not improving, medical is still the same and gas prices just keep going higher and, higher. When is our OBEADT GOVERNOR GOING TO GET OFF HIS THEIVING BACKSIDE AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF SCREWING US. IM ASHAMED TO TELL ANYONE I LIVE IN THIS STATE.SO GET OFF YER BUTT AND DO SOME LEGAL AND HELPFUL. PRI TO PRITZGER U R WORTHLESS

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  10. Fed up with Fools
    Fed up with Fools
    March 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Yes, blame our governor, idiots. YOU voted for this by choosing NOT to tax the richest Illinoisans their fair share and to tax everyone the same, regardless of income. You listened to the richest Illinoisans who were paying for the ads telling you that they Fair Tax Amendment would cost you more in taxes, instead of doing your own research. Stop believing everything your corrupt right wing elected officials tell you Sheeple and read the amendments or bills yourself.

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