SPRINGFIELD—State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is supporting legislation to amend the Illinois Income Tax Act. The bill, HB5119, will provide an income tax credit for taxpayers who are foster parents. The credit will equal foster care expenses and is not to exceed $1,000 in any taxable year.
Representative Batinick has worked to advocate for the foster care system at both the local and state level and is the Chief Co-Sponsor of HB5119.
“This is one piece of legislation that will make a difference for those families who are foster parents,” said Batinick. “I greatly admire the foster care families I have gotten to know in my district and appreciate all that they do to make a difference in the lives of children in need. I hope that this bill will provide them with some added financial stability so they can continue making an impact in foster care.”
With the integrity of the state’s foster care system under siege this year, Rep. Batinick believes that this legislation is a step forward to improving the larger foster care system.
Should HB5119 become law, the tax credit would become effective immediately. Currently, the bill is still in the Rules Committee, but continues to gain bipartisan support.