Problem: How do you make taxes interesting and easy to understand?
At State Matters I’ve been in charge of researching, writing, and editing many facets of their content. As tax day approached, we knew that we wanted to have a clear, thorough, and engaging explainer for readers to rely on. But taxes are notoriously toxic to attention spans. Where do you start?
Analysis: Taxes in Illinois are both confusing and controversial
Mention taxes to most Illinoisans and their eyes will likely turn bloodshot instantly. Tax structures and taxing districts are not just generally confusing but are especially so in Illinois where the states boasts more taxing districts than any other in the nation. In addition, our flat and regressive income tax and our disparate property taxes make Illinois particularly unique. I needed to break each component into a manageable length and idea.
Solution: Be clear, concise, and organized
For the purposes of this article, I couldn’t rely on much magic to enchant readers. Instead, I faced the challenged head on, in a friendly and inviting fashion. Below I’ve reproduced the article in full: