Protecting Family Farms

DeLuca Works to Protect Family Farms, Supports Plan to Overhaul Estate Tax

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Wanting to ensure that family farms can be passed from one generation to the next without unreasonable tax burdens, state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is backing an overhaul of the state’s estate tax specific to farms.


“When a loved one passes, we don’t want state taxes to force families to sell land, lose equipment and break up a farm,” DeLuca said. “This is too often the reality with the current tax structure, which is irresponsible and overdue to change. I’m proud to join a bipartisan effort supported by the Illinois and Will County Farm Bureau that will not only address this issue now, but moving forward as well.”


The DeLuca-sponsored House Bill 4600, dubbed the “Family Farm Preservation Act,” would apply only to farm estates and would implement a $6 million true exemption. Only value over the $6 million exemption would be taxed, and the exemption rate moving forward would be connected with annual increases tied to inflation. Additionally, unused exemption amounts would be transferred to a surviving spouse under the proposal.


House Bill 4600, and the identical Senate Bill 2921, have received bipartisan support from members of every caucus.


“Our state’s family farmers are an essential part of Illinois’ economy and heritage,” DeLuca said. “We should be doing what we can to strengthen and support our agriculture industry for this generation and the next. This measure would be a great step forward.”


Illinois 80th District includes portions of:

Townships: Bloom, Crete, Custer, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Reed, Rich, and Wilton

Municipalities: Braidwood, Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton, University Park, and Wilmington

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