Member - NAHB - National Home Builders Association
House 2

Vote No on SB 09

The Grand Bargain Tax Increase (SB09) is going to be called today on the Illinois Senate Floor. Home Builders opposes the 5% Excise Tax on Home Repair Work because it is Unfair, Complicated, and Narrow-Based. Send this message to your State Senator Now! Do Not Wait until Tomorrow!

I stand with the Home Builders Association of Illinois in Opposition to SB09 which initiates an Excise Tax on the Home Repair Business for the first time in Illinois.

  • The 5% Tax is Unfair – five small sectors of the state’s economy have been singled out as low-hanging fruit for legislators to pick without political fallout.
  • The 5% Tax is Complicated – the Wisconsin Grid of what work is in and what is out leaves all of our members guessing at what to tax and not to tax. It will be Open Season for Tax Auditors who will discover mistakes made by every entity attempting to comply with this complicated law.
  • The 5% Tax is Narrow Based – While Illinois needs Billions and Billions of new revenue to solve its budget shortfall, the Excise tax will absorb $30 million from the repair industry for the state. While sole proprietorships and partnerships sweat from the burden of this tax code, Illinois will feel no real benefit in closing the gap between revenue and expenses.

Home Builders are prepared for broad-based forms of taxation to adequately address what really needs to be done to solve Illinois’ budget dilemma. But we cannot see the sense in this portion of the omnibus tax bill that is part of the Grand Bargain, SB09. Vote No on SB09 and throw out the Excise Tax on Home Repar and other small sectors of Illinois' economy.



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