Minimum Community Benefit Requirement
Illinois specifies a minimum level of charity care or other “health services to low-income or underserved individuals” that a nonprofit hospital must provide to qualify for property and sales tax exemption.

Effective in 2012, an Illinois statute requires that nonprofit hospitals seeking property tax exemption provide charity care or other specified services or activities at levels at least equivalent to what the hospital otherwise would be required to pay in property taxes. S.B. 2194, codified at 35 ILCS 200/15-86(c) (2012). For-profit hospitals are eligible to receive an income tax credit in an amount that is the lesser of 1) real property taxes paid during the tax year on property used for hospital purposes during the previous tax year and 2) the cost of free or discounted services provided pursuant to the hospital’s financial assistance policy. S.B. 2194, codified at 35 ILCS 5/223(a) (2012).