As the old saying goes, “Few things in life are certain with the exception of death and taxes.” And taxes are not always certain either.

The Illinois legislature put in place changes to the Illinois tax code that affect all taxpayers including farmers. These changes are effective July 1.

A few of those items that have an impact on those involved in production agriculture in Illinois are

  • The personal income tax rate for Illinois residents, Form IL-1040, and Illinois non-residents with income in Illinois, Form IL-1040 NR, increase from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent — 4.35 percent blended rate for 2017 calendar year — effective July 1, 2017 with no sunset. The “no sunset” means that this legislation was put in place with no scheduled end date effectively making the change permanent or until a further change is successfully legislated.
  • For entities filing Illinois Department of Revenue form IL-1120 and organized as a C corporation, the corporate income tax rate increases from 5.25 percent to 7 percent — 6.125 percent blended rate for 2017 calendar year — effective July 1, 2017, with no sunset.
  • Those filing Illinois personal and business tax forms will encounter a “decoupling” from the Domestic Production Activities Deduction included in the Internal Revenue Service code. This means that a DPAD on the federal income tax return must now be added back to Illinois taxable income. For those able to take advantage of the federal DPAD deduction on the farm, this will increase Illinois taxable income by the amount of the federal DPAD deduction. The Domestic Production Activities Tax Deduction is intended to provide tax relief for businesses that produce goods in the United States rather than producing those goods overseas. The deduction went into effect in 2005 and applies to both small and large businesses. The deduction can apply to almost any business that manufactures grows, extracts, produces, develops or improves goods primarily in the United States. See Internal Revenue Service Form 8903 and the instructions for that form for details.
  • For Illinois residents filing Form IL-1040, the credit for property tax paid on your personal residence available on Schedule ICR is limited to those with an adjusted gross income $250,000 or less for all other returns and $500,000 or less for married and filing jointly.
  • For Illinois residents filing Form IL-1040, the full individual standard exemption allowance is limited to those with $250,000 or less for individual income and $500,000 or less if married and filing jointly.
  • For Illinois residents, there is an increase in allowed Earned Income Tax Credit from 10 percent of the federal EIC to 14 percent in 2017 and 18 percent in 2018 and beyond.
  • If you are a farm employer and if you are currently withholding Illinois income taxes from employee paychecks, you must immediately increase the withholding to 4.95 percent. See the recently revised Illinois Department of Revenue Booklet IL-700-T for information on withholding at the new rates.

For a Summary of Illinois Income Tax and Sales Tax Changes from P.A. 100-22, see

For Illinois Income Tax Increase Guidance — Detailed Instructions For Filing Your 2016 Illinois Income Tax Return and 2017 Estimated Payments, see

For information on Withholding Tax Rates and Personal Exemption Amount Changes, see

For the updated Illinois Withholding Tax Tables updated as of July 1, see

For the Illinois Form IL-W-4 where an individual can find information about withholding and withholding allowances, see

Article originally posted on Agrinews