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Illinois Bill Would Allow Tax Investigators To Make Arrests

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File photo of a person in handcuffs. (Photo by HEIKO JUNGE/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - Tax investigators are limited in what they can and can’t do. If an illegal act is occurring not related to taxes, there is little they can do.

But that could change. A bill that has passed the Illinois Senate would allow tax investigators to make arrests that are unrelated to taxes.

“Our main purpose of this bill is to only build and investigate criminal offenses that we uncover pursuant to a tax investigation,” Gary May, a special investigator with the Illinois Department of Revenue, said.

State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) says this is overstepping into the job of the police. “I just think we should keep those duties separate,” Van Pelt said. “If someone has something illegal going on, then they could just call the state police.”

S.B. 2196 passed the Senate, 54-0, and is now under consideration in the House.

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