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Illinois One Of Few States Who Tax Very Poor

Illinois' poorest residents are faced with paying higher income taxes according to an annual report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Policy Analyst Phil Olis says the practice goes against traditional thinking.

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Olis's report on the impact of income taxes on low-income families says Illinois is one of the most aggressive taxing states.  Current state law requires families who are far below the poverty level to pay income tax, such as a family of four with an income of just under seventeen-thousand dollars.

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Policy Analyst Phil Olis says income taxes are a larger burden on the very poor.

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