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Foster opponent criticizes proposed IRS bill

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Republican Congressional candidate Ian Bayne has voiced concerns about a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, that is designed to streamline tax filing.

Bayne, 39, of Aurora, plans to run as a Republican candidate in the 11th Congressional District to replace Foster in the 2014 election.

He has criticized Foster for sponsoring the Autofill Act of 2013, which would create a voluntary tax filing program allowing people to log into a secure IRS website and dowload a tax form that is automatically populated with information the IRS already collects from employers, the Social Security Administration and financial institutions.

Bayne said he was worried the legislation could lead to the IRS “taking your pay from your work and distributing it to you after they take their cut.”

“What about business deductions?” Bayne asked. “Who will make that decision?”

Foster spokesperson Megan Jacobs said the intent of the legislation is to make tax filing easier for everybody.

“The IRS wouldn’t be collecting any new information or expanding their collections in any way,” she said.

The proposed legislation has been referred to the House Ways and Means committee.

The newly drawn 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet.

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