Family Farm Preservation Act

SB 2921 & HB 4600 

In summary, the purpose of the legislation is to reform the Illinois Estate Tax and provide tax relief for Farm Families.

The legislation makes the following changes for estates that may claim the 2032a IRS agricultural special use valuation rule for Illinois Estate Tax Purposes, as provided in the legislation.

  • Changes the current $4 million dollar threshold in 3 ways:
    1. Raise it to $6 million.
    2. Make it an exemption, not a threshold. Only dollars over $6 million will be taxed, as opposed to the current law where the entire estate is taxed if the threshold is breached.
    3. Tie the $6 million exemption to inflation.
  • Portability: Allows any unused exemption amounts to be transferred to a surviving spouse.
  • Updates the agricultural special-use valuation, for Illinois Estate Tax purposes, to reflect modern farm estates and farm family descendants.

 

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What does this impact look like? 

Family Farm Estate Tax Handout

 

What is being done? 

SB 2921 and HB 4600 were introduced to the Illinois General Assembly by Sen. Dave Koehler and Rep. Sharon Chung, respectively, to address the impact of the current Illinois Estate Tax.

 

House Sponsors

Rep. Sharon Chung - Jay Hoffman - Norine K. Hammond - Maurice A. West, II - Harry Benton, Kevin Schmidt, Charles Meier, Stephanie A. Kifowit, Joyce Mason, Jason Bunting, Anthony DeLuca, Matt Hanson, Katie Stuart, Gregg Johnson, Dave Severin, Dave Vella, Barbara Hernandez, Michelle Mussman, Amy Elik, Patrick Windhorst, Michael Coffey, Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar and Dennis Tipsword

Sharon Chung Jay Hoffman Norine Hammond Maurice West Harry Benton Kevin Schmidt Charles Meier Stephanie Kifowit Joyce Mason Jason Bunting Anthony DeLuca Matt Hanson Katie Stuart Gregg Johnson Dave Severin Dave Vella Barbara Hernandez Michelle Mussman Amy Elik Patrick Windhorst Dennis Tipsword Martin Moylan Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar Dennis Tipsword


 

Senate Sponsors

Sen. David Koehler - Linda Holmes - Patrick J. Joyce - Sue Rezin - Paul Faraci, Doris Turner, Tom Bennett, Suzy Glowiak Hilton, Andrew S. Chesney, Sally J. Turner, Craig Wilcox, Terri Bryant, Win Stoller, Erica Harriss, Adriane Johnson, Cristina Castro, Napoleon Harris, III, Julie A. Morrison, Michael Halpin and Lakesia Collins

David Koehler Linda Holmes Patrick Joyce Sue Rezin Paul Faraci Doris Turner Tom Bennett Suzy Glowiak Hilton Andrew Chesney Sally Turner Craig Wilcox Terri Bryant Win Stroller Erica Harriss Adriane Johnson Cristina Castro Napoleon Harris  Michael Halpin Lakesia Collins

 

Estate Tax in the News

Illinois lawmakers hope proposed law will ease tax burden for family farmers | CIProud.com (centralillinoisproud.com)

RFD Illinois February 1, 2024 | Spreaker

Legislation introduced to change Illinois estate tax | State | farmweeknow.com

Guest View: Legislation introduced to change Illinois estate tax – Shaw Local

New legislation could change Illinois' estate tax for family farm operations | Northern Public Radio: WNIJ and WNIU

Illinois estate tax bill aimed at preserving family farms (quadcitiesbusiness.com)

Illinois lawmakers hope proposed law will ease tax burden for family farmers | CIProud.com (centralillinoisproud.com)

Illinois legislators propose Act to alleviate family farm estate tax burdens (foxillinois.com)

https://www.wandtv.com/news/bipartisan-group-of-state-lawmakers-propose-estate-tax-reform-for-illinois-family-farms/article_dae23d0a-c08b-11ee-98df-738b2e0bc9c9.html?fbclid=IwAR0ZVw5DA6SApNK9_SkP4lek74rGSqB8YEMbLXKahY4WOa27KEZCmwDI5Zk

IFB seeks state estate tax changes, while others want to end exemptions | State | farmweeknow.com

IFB sets state priorities for spring session | State | farmweeknow.com

Halpin highlights new legislation to uplift family farmers (senatorhalpin.com)

Family Farm Preservation Act would protect future generations - Brownfield Ag News

Legislation filed to change farm estate tax – AgriNews (agrinews-pubs.com)

Family Farm Preservation Act would protect future generations - Voice Of Muscatine

New Legislation to Assist Farm Families | Prairie Communications, LLC (977wmoi.com)

Illinois legislators propose Act to alleviate family farm estate tax burdens (foxillinois.com)

Current estate tax policy burden on family farms | State | farmweeknow.com

https://vermilioncountyfirst.com/2024/02/02/the-illinois-estate-tax-code-will-change-finally-happen/

https://www.farmprogress.com/commentary/land-managers-talk-estate-tax-reform-and-herbicide-bans

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