Breen Legislation with Potential to Save Small Businesses & Nonprofits Millions is Signed into Law by Gov. Rauner

A new law authored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) with the potential to save Illinois small businesses and not-for-profits millions in electronic filing fees has been signed into law.

HB 3514 was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday as Public Act 100-0186. Breen, a fierce advocate for small businesses in Illinois, said the provisions of the new law correct what he viewed as an unfair practice that penalized businesses and nonprofits for filing forms electronically rather than on paper. “I was shocked to learn that businesses and nonprofits were being charged an automatic ‘expedited service fee’ of $25, $50 or more on every electronic filing with the Secretary of State’s office,” said Breen. “E-filing reduces errors, saves paper and saves money, so small businesses and charities should be encouraged, not discouraged, to file documents electronically.”

Upon learning of the bill’s signing, Mark Grant, Illinois Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, thanked Breen for his role as a champion for small business. “There’s no justification for state government to charge a premium for e-filing when it actually streamlines the process and reduces costs to the state,” Grant said. “This law is common sense and we want to thank Representative Breen for sponsoring it and Governor Rauner for signing it into law.”

Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce agreed, and added that the bill’s passage sends a message of support to small business owners. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and lawmakers need to be doing whatever they can to ease burdensome regulations,” Maisch said. “HB 3514 allows businesses to file forms electronically without triggering an automatic expedition fee, and we appreciate Representative Breen’s willingness to bring this cost-saving legislation forward.”

The provisions of the new law will take effect on July 1, 2018.

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