Groundbreaking Legislation on Property Tax and Sales Tax Exemptions for Illinois Hospitals

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Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn just signed into law a comprehensive and groundbreaking legislative package that significantly changes the criteria for establishing and maintaining property tax exemptions and sales tax exemptions for Illinois not-for-profit hospitals and their affiliates. The new laws, which became effective on June 14, 2012, are intended to end the controversy and uncertainty surrounding the test for charitable property tax exemptions for hospitals that have plagued the industry for many years.

Concepts Underlying New Exemption Laws

In the underlying legislative findings, the Illinois General Assembly states: “[I]t is essential to ensure that tax exemption law relating to hospitals accounts for the complexities of the modern health care delivery system.” The findings also indicate that the legislation is intended to increase access to hospitals and other health care facilities by low-income and underserved individuals.

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