(FiveNation.com)- A new report just revealed how United States Senate Tammy Duckworth does not appear to have paid any property taxes on her home in Illinois since 2015.
And if that wasn’t shocking enough, get this: it’s totally legal. According to Fox News, the senator has used a multitude of loopholes and tax exemptions that have lowered her property tax rate to effectively zero.
An example of the kind of tax break Duckworth is her status of being a disabled veteran. Under Illinois rules, any disabled veteran qualifies for a tax break, no matter how much money they have in the bank. Reports suggest that these rules are applied extremely liberally in Illinois and because Duckworth was injured during her time serving the country, neither she nor her husband has paid full property taxes in years.
They have saved $42,000 since finding and making use of the loopholes.
The latest reports reveal how the house is valued at $225,000, and the senator has earned almost $500,000 per year from 2019 to now.
Duckworth was injured while piloting a helicopter for the Illinois Army National Guard in Iraq in 2004. She s one of 2,000 people in Cook County who have avoided paying $102.9 million in property taxes, which is money that the other residents of the state need to make up for.
If Duckworth is earning $500,000 per year, then why should other residents in the state be forced to make up the taxes she doesn’t pay?
She isn’t exactly poor.
Laurence Msall, the president of Chicago’s tax watchdog group “Civil Federation” said that it’s an example of how the state’s property tax system needs to be tightened up.
“What we have done is to create all special sorts of categories – veterans, disabled people, senior citizens – and all of those exemptions administered by the county basically undermine the integrity of the property tax system,” Msall told the Chicago Sun-Times.
What do you think?