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Blagojevich Calls for Corporate Tax Disclosure


Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says large corporations should publicize what they pay in state taxes and the loopholes they use to avoid them.

The Democrat today proposed legislation that would require tax disclosure. It would apply to publicly traded companies, banks, insurance companies and private companies with assets of $100 million or more.

Blagojevich says the state allows $1 billion in corporate income tax breaks every year. But state law prohibits the Revenue Department from disclosing what companies are benefiting.

Blagojevich says 95 of the Fortune 100 companies do business in Illinois and 30 of them paid no income taxes in 2002. Twelve others paid tax in 2002 but not in the two previous years.