Residents Affected by July Floods Eligible for Tax Credit

This week, the Governor signed legislation supported by Rep. Sheri Jesiel that provides for a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July.

SB 403 creates a natural disaster credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes. Counties eligible for the credit include Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside — all of which were declared state disaster areas by the governor last summer.

Qualified properties include a taxpayer’s principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business. The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the Internal Revenue Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.

The bill provides that township assessors shall issue eligibility certificates for appropriately requesting property owners, and that assessors shall certify to the Illinois Department of Revenue listings of flood-damaged properties.

The fiscal impact to the state is estimated at $4.6 million, based on damages previously reported to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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