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What happens if you don’t pay property taxes in Illinois?
If your property taxes are delinquent and you live in Illinois, you might eventually lose your home after a tax sale. All states have laws that allow the local government to sell a home through a tax sale process to collect delinquent taxes.
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1. What is the Illinois Property Tax Credit?

The Illinois Property Tax Credit is a credit on your individual income tax return equal to 5 percent of Illinois Property Tax (real estate tax) you paid on your principal residence. You must own and reside in your residence in order to take this credit. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, the Illinois Property Tax Credit is not allowed if a taxpayer’s federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeds $500,000 for returns with a federal filing status of married filing jointly, or $250,000 for all other returns. (https://tax.illinois.gov/individuals/credits/propertytaxcredit.html)


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