(The Center Square) – Governor JB Pritzker’s income and property tax rebate checks have begun mailing to millions of Illinois taxpayers and some residents could receive several hundred dollars in cash.
The money is being returned as part of the Illinois Relief Package, a $1.8 billion relief package Governor JB Pritzker signed into law in the spring.
“This $1.8 billion in tax relief is possible because Democrats balanced the budget, cleared the backlog of bills, funded schools, repaired roads — and through responsible fiscal decision-making — we got together. always ended up with a one-time surplus,” Pritzker said.
“There are those who could have sent those funds straight into the pockets of the 1% and big business rather than working families, but that’s not what good government does,” Pritzker said.
To qualify, a person must have been a resident of Illinois in 2021 with an adjusted gross income of less than $200,000 for single filers and less than $400,000 for those filing as a couple.
Taxpayers who filed as a single person on their returns will be eligible to receive $50 and those who filed joint returns will receive $100.
Those who claimed dependents will receive an additional $100 per dependent with a maximum of $300.
“Whether you had to pay or got money back, it doesn’t matter,” Illinois Comptroller Susanna Mendoza said. “Everyone who filed will get a tax refund.”
Illinois residents who paid state property taxes last year on a principal residence will also receive rebates.
Adjusted gross income must be less than $250,000 for single filers and less than $500,000 for those filing as a couple.
The amount of this rebate depends on the amount of property taxes paid.
State officials said distributing the checks is expected to take about two months.
State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, said he thinks the discounts are about election-year posturing.
“The plan is for the checks to come in right before the election, and then the tax cuts expire right after the election,” McConchie said.
State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, Pritzker’s opponent in the November election, said taxpayers need permanent relief, not a one-time “trick” for the election year.
“It’s an absolute gimmick, and I’ve been calling it since these bills were introduced in the Senate,” Bailey said. “It’s too little, too late.”
Research by the Illinois Policy Institute found that Illinois families have paid more than $2,100 in new taxes since 2019, eclipsing the $556 average in temporary tax relief.