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Study: Illinois Ranks High in Taxes on Poor Families

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – PP in all but a handful of other states, even before this year’s tax increase.

A study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ranked Illinois seventh in taxes for a two-parent family of four at the poverty line. That family would have owed the state $187 in income taxes last year.

Illinois was sixth in taxes owed by a single parent raising three children on poverty-level wages. That family would have owed $99.

Alabama had the highest tax bite for poor families in both categories.

The study found that most states don’t apply income taxes to families living in poverty.

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