"In order to pay for the $6 billion cost of extending the 3.4 percent interest rate for one year, the Reid bill attempts to do what nearly every bill proposed by Senate Democrats this session has done: it permanently raises taxes on job creators in order to pay for temporary spending," he added.
The Senate is debating a bill from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) that would lift an exemption under the current tax code that allows some high-income earners to exempt some of their income from S-corporations from payroll taxes. Democrats say the bill is needed to prevent people with S-corp income from paying themselves a small salary to dodge taxes, and then taking the more income as business profits.
But Kyl said the IRS already has a program in place to prevent this practice, and said it has been using this program successfully for decades.
"IRS is well aware of this potential, and has developed and implemented tools to go after firms and individuals who do not pay appropriate payroll taxes through what is called the 'reasonable compensation' test," he said.
Republicans are expected to vote against a motion to proceed to this bill on Tuesday, after which it is unclear how the Senate will try to move ahead with a student loan bill.