Lt. Governor Sheila Simon says the state needs to be more transparent with how they use taxpayer money.
This is why she is working with the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget to design a taxpayer receipt.
The receipt shows how Illinois spends income taxes as a whole, then uses those percentages to break down how much you personally paid in taxes to the state. Simon’s office offered a sample receipt for a taxpayer who pays $1,000 in income taxes to the state, found here: http://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Documents/2013.04.14_SAMPLE%20Taxpayer%20Receipt.pdf
The taxpayer receipt will be available to the roughly 500,000 residents who file online for free, and a webpage will be available to those who file by other means. The program is expected to start next year.
The White House already provides a calculator for your federal income taxes.