In this edition (January 2015): After four years of collecting income taxes at higher rates, Illinois entered into calendar year 2015 – and the first phase of the drop down in income tax rates – with a bill backlog at the Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC) totaling $4.360 billion. The backlog of bills at the IOC accounts for only what has been submitted for processing and not what is held at other state agencies. When estimates of bills being held at state agencies are included, the state’s total bill backlog nears $6.5 billion.
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- Quarterly Edition 15 - January 2015 - Revenues Remain Weak As Tax Rate Cut Begins
Revenues Remain Weak As Tax Rate Cut Begins
After four years of collecting income taxes at higher rates, Illinois entered into calendar year 2015 – and the first phase of the drop down in income tax rates – with a bill backlog at the Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC) totaling $4.360 billion. The backlog of bills at the IOC accounts for only what has been submitted for processing and not what is held at other state agencies. When estimates of bills being held at state agencies are included, the state’s total bill backlog nears $6.5 billion.
- Quarterly Edition 14 - July 2014 - Fiscal 2014 Continues Climb Out of Financial Hole, current budget causes state to fall back in
Current budget causes State to fall back in
Illinois reduced the backlog at the Comptroller’s Office (IOC) by $876 million
during fiscal year 2014. This improvement is expected to be reversed with the
budget passed for fiscal year 2015 as revenues are expected to drop off when the income tax rate begins to step down on January 1, 2015.
- Quarterly Edition 13- April 2014 - Revenues Steady, but Supplemental Spending Pressures Linger
Lower Income Tax Collections Affect Bottom Line
In this edition: As the state heads into the final quarter of fiscal year 2014, its fiscal outlook remains unclear.
- Quarterly Edition 12 - January 2014 - Spending On Target, but Backlog May Grow
Unpaid bills likely to surpass last year
In this edition: While state spending is in line with budget projections, Illinois is expected to bring in less revenue than last spring and may ultimately end the fiscal year with a higher bill backlog than one year ago.
- Quarterly Edition 11, November 2013 - State Clear's Out Last Year's Bills
Earliest close of expenses since 2009
Stronger first quarter revenues, coupled with fewer lapse period transactions, have allowed Illinois to pay all of its General Funds bills from the previous fiscal year earlier than at any time since 2009.
- Quarterly Edition 10, July 2013 - Bill Backlog Drops…For Now
Payment delays expected to grow in coming months
Illinois concluded fiscal year 2013 with an overall bill backlog that was $1.4 billion smaller than the same time last year, but the financial improvement is expected to be short-lived. The state moved into fiscal year 2014 with an estimated total bill backlog of $6.1 billion, compared to $7.5 billion one year ago.
- Quarterly Edition 09, May 2013 - Payment Delays Persist as 2015 Looms
Strong tax season provides short-term relief
While a stronger-than-expected tax season helped the state temporarily reduce the size of the bill backlog, it is expected to have little impact on Illinois’ long-term fiscal health. The Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC) estimates the state’s obligations to not decrease any further by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. And with the income tax increase scheduled to sunset in 2015, Illinois is expected to continue to see considerable payment delays for the foreseeable future.
- Quarterly Edition 08, February 2013 - Two Years Later: Backlog Grows
General Assembly addresses appropriation shortfalls
Two years after Illinois raised individual and corporate tax rates, the state continues to suffer through substantial bill backlogs and payment delays. Recent action by the General Assembly, however, ensured sufficient appropriations will be available to fund certain critical state services and programs through the end of the fiscal year.
- Quarterly Edition 07, November 2012 - Backlog Grows - Fiscal Outlook Cloudy
Underfunded budget creates more unknowns
At the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, the backlog of unpaid bills at the Comptroller's Office (IOC) had grown by more than $2 billion when compared to the same time last year, even as state income and corporate tax revenues grew by nearly $150 million. At the end of October, a similar situation continued to exist.
- Quarterly Edition 06, July 2012 - Revenue Grows, Bill Backlog Remains
Little improvement seen as fiscal year ends
As Illinois reached the end of the fiscal year, persistent payment delays continued despite significant revenue increases. In fact, the state moved into fiscal year 2013 – following the first full year of state tax increases – with an estimated $7.5 to $8 billion in unpaid obligations, slightly lower than the $8.5 billion total of the last two fiscal years.