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Income tax hike will cost Moultrie County residents $3.8 million more this year


SULLIVAN (Heartland Newsfeed) — Moultrie County residents will pay an additional $3,812,807 in state income taxes this year, according to an analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS).

LGIS combined Illinois Department of Revenue data with a forecast by Senate Democrats to estimate how much additional income tax will be paid in each Illinois zip code.

The following Moultrie County communities will pay the most: Sullivan ($2,494,088 total/$684 per person), Bethany ($405,754/$476), Dalton City ($317,455/$740) and Gays ($163,851/$514).

Retroactive to July 1, the higher rate — now 4.95%, up from 3.75% — will be withheld from employee paychecks over the last six months of 2017.

Before the hike, someone earning $50,000 paid $72 in state income tax per paycheck when paid twice a month. That person will now pay $95, or an additional $600 per year.

Senate Democrats estimate the tax hike will siphon $4.453 billion more this year from individual taxpayers. Businesses will pay another $1 billion.

How much more will your community pay?

State income taxes have increased to 4.95% from 3.75%. This chart shows how much more taxpayers in your community will pay for state government.

Ranking Community Zip Estimated State Income Tax Increase
1 Sullivan 61951 $2,494,088
2 Bethany 61914 $405,754
3 Dalton City 61925 $317,455
4 Gays 61928 $163,851
5 Lovington 61937 $431,660
Total $3,812,807

Sources: Illinois Department of Revenue;

Top income tax-paying communities in Moultrie County

This chart shows the ranking of communities by highest income taxes paid in Moultrie County.

Ranking Community Zip Average State Income Tax Increase Total Returns filed by Zip
1 Sullivan 61951 $684 3,647
2 Bethany 61914 $476 853
3 Dalton City 61925 $740 429
4 Gays 61928 $514 319
5 Lovington 61937 $499 865

Sources: Illinois Department of Revenue;; Illinois Senate Democrats

*Assumes tax increase will meet Senate Democrats’ projections.

About the Author

- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

Income tax hike will cost Moultrie County residents $3.8 million more this year