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Bill: HB 818 // SB 1744 
Sponsor:
Rep. Zalewski // Sen. Nybo 
Status:
Assigned to House Revenue & Finance // Senate Assignments 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
Both bills would create a sales and use tax exemption for tangible personal property used in the construction or operation of a new or existing data center.

Bill: HB 1814 // SB 1701 
Sponsor:
Rep. K. Wheeler // Sen. Althoff 
Status:
House Rules // Senate Assignments 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
Both bills amend the Illinois False Claims Act (the “IFCA”) to correct abuses allowed under current law.

Bill: HB 2717 
Sponsor:  
Rep. Welch 
Status:
House Rules 
Position:
Oppose 
Description: 
Provides that, subject to certain restrictions, if the Department of Revenue may disclose confidential financial information to a municipality or county, then the Department of Revenue may also disclose that financial information to an independent third party who is authorized in writing by that municipality or county to receive the information.

Bill: HB 2744 // SB 1766
Sponsor: Rep. Zalewski // Sen. Weaver 
Status:
 House Rules // Senate Assignments
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
 Both bills would replace the EDGE credit with a new Business and Employment Development Tax credit, effective for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018. This new credit legislation would be administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and would consist of credits against the Illinois Income Tax Act for investment and increasing employment in Illinois, with additional credits granted for creating jobs with wages in excess of 150% of the Illinois minimum wage, and for increasing employment in areas of high poverty.

Bill: HB 2746 // SB 1327 
Sponsor:
Rep. Zalewski // Sen. McCarter 
Status:
 House Rules // Assigned to Senate Revenue 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
Both bills would reinstate the graphic arts machinery and equipment exemption from Illinois sales and use taxes. Expand the statutory definitions of manufacturing machinery and equipment and graphic arts machinery and equipment to include production-related property as exempt from sales and use taxes.

Bill: HB 2834 
Sponsor:
Rep. McCombie 
Status:
House Rules
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
Would extend the sunset date of the EDGE credit for an additional 5 years from December 31, 2016.

Bill: HB 2914 
Sponsor:
Rep. Gabel
Status:
House Rules
Position:
Oppose
Description:
Imposes a tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages in the State at the rate of $0.01 per ounce. Contains provisions concerning the distribution of the proceeds from the tax. Creates a multi-sector Advisory Council for Health and Wellness to govern the distribution of the proceeds.

Bill: HB 3245 // SB 1803
Sponsor:
Rep. Winger // Sen. Brady 
Status:
House Rules // Senate Assignments 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
Both bills reinstate and extend the sunset (expiration) date of the expanded temporary storage exemption from the sales and use taxes.

Bill: HB 3263
Sponsor:
Rep. Zalewski 
Status:  
House Rules 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative  
Description:
HB 3263 expands the jurisdiction of the Independent Tax Tribunal to all protests of assessments of all taxes administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue and property tax and sales tax exemption determinations of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Bill: HB 3419 // SB 1798
Sponsor:
Rep. Andrade // Sen. Hastings
Status:
Senate 2nd Reading // Held on House 2nd Reading
Position:
Oppose 
Description:
Both bills would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act by adopting a tax haven blacklist that is designed to address purported tax evasion by businesses that establish subsidiaries in so-called “tax havens.” Moreover, the two bills would provide for authority to the Illinois Department of Revenue to add countries to the tax haven list through the administrative rulemaking process. The legislation also amends the Procurement Code to forbid “expatriate” companies from bidding on state contracts, as well as amending state pension laws to forbid investment by the state pension systems in “expatriate” companies.

Bill: HB 3430
Sponsor:
Rep. K. Wheeler 
Status:
 House Rules
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
HB 3430  would expand the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment exemption to include “production-related tangible personal property formerly subject to the manufacturers’ purchase credit.

Bill: HB 3433 
Sponsor:
Rep. K. Wheeler 
Status:
House Rules 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
HB 3433 would reinstate the Research and Development Illinois income tax credit and make the credit permanent. The Chamber’s proposal will also strengthen the research and development credit by extending the credit carryforward period from 5 years to 20 years and by modifying the base period calculation for purposes of calculating the required increase in qualifying expenditures.

Bill: HB 3637 // SB 1249 
Sponsor:
Rep. Batinick // Sen. Althoff 
Status:
House Rules // Assigned to Senate Revenue 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:  
Both bills amend the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to automatically rescind underpayment penalties on taxpayers that are more than 95% compliant.

Bill: SB 9 (As Introduced and Sen. Amendments 1 and 2)
Sponsor:
Sen. Hutchinson  
Status:
Approved for Consideration; Placed on Senate 3rd Reading 
Position:
Oppose
Description:
SB 9 is revenue omnibus of the Senate’s “grand-bargain” package of legislation.  While the Chamber has acknowledged that there are several good provisions in the bill, there are far too many anti-business pieces contained in the bill.  Among the provisions in the bill include:

  • The creation of the “Opportunity Tax.” A tax on the amount of annual payroll.
  • Raises corporate income tax rate to 7% and personal income tax rate to 4.99%.
  • Establishes the following service taxes; storage services, amusements, repair and maintenance services, landscaping services, and laundry and dry-cleaning services.
  • Establish a tax on cable television services and direct broadcast satellite services.
  • Decouples from the Domestic Production Activities Deduction.
  • Eliminates the unitary business noncombination rule.
  • Makes the research and development credit permanent.

Bill: SB 859 
Sponsor:
Sen. Nybo 
Status:
Assigned to Senate Revenue 
Position:
Support — Chamber Initiative 
Description:
SB 859 would eliminate the “throwback” rule from the Illinois Income Tax Act (“IITA”) that taxes Illinois companies on sales made to other states.

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