Illi­nois not-for-profit hos­pi­tals won’t lose ex­emp­tion

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

The Illi­nois Supreme Court ruled last week to up­hold a state law that ex­empts not-for-profit hos­pi­tals from pay­ing prop­erty taxes.

In a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, the high court tossed out an ap­pel­late court rul­ing in 2016 that de­ter­mined a state law ex­empt­ing not-for-profit hos­pi­tals from prop­erty taxes was un­con­sti­tu­tional. In­stead, the seven jus­tices said the ap­pel­late court didn’t have the ju­ris­dic­tion, re­turn­ing the case back to the lower court. The case in­volves a not-for-profit hos­pi­tal try­ing to re­coup prop­erty tax dol­lars paid be­fore a state law ex­empted not-for-profit hos­pi­tals from pay­ing prop­erty taxes so long as the value of their char­i­ta­ble ser­vices was equal to or greater than their tax li­a­bil­i­ties.

The roughly 150 not-for-profit hos­pi­tals in the state were hop­ing the high court would of­fer clar­ity on what the term “char­ity” in the con­sti­tu­tion means, but the court didn’t weigh in on that is­sue.

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