As Congress begins to work on tax reform in earnest, the MAB wants to reinforce our support for preserving advertising deductibility as an ordinary and necessary business expense in any forthcoming tax reform proposals.
The MAB reached out to all the members of the Michigan Congressional delegation on this important issue. We believe that to make any changes to the current tax treatment of advertising pose significant economic harm to the local business and, by extension, broadcasters’ investment in local news, weather, emergency information, and community service.
Now we are asking you to take action! Tell your members of Congress that an ad tax is a bad tax. Contact your member of Congress and ask them to oppose any attempts to change the way advertising is currently treated in the tax code.
PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT contacting Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office as she is already in our corner and has signed a letter to her colleagues urging them to oppose any modification to the ad tax treatment.
Below is a sample of text that you may use in your email to Senator Gary Peters and your local representative:
As Congress begins to work on tax reform in earnest, we want to reinforce our support for preserving advertising deductibility as ordinary and necessary business expense. Michigan broadcasters reject any measure that would eliminate a business’ ability to deduct the full cost of advertising in the year it was incurred.
Advertising is a powerful engine that helps drive the economy of Michigan. According to the Advertising Coalition study prepared by IHS Economics and Country Risk, advertising expenditures account for $179.8 billion of economic output or sales in Michigan – that is 16.3% of the $1.1 trillion in total economic output in the State. Sales of products and services that are driven by advertising help support 566,329 jobs, representing 13.4% of the 4.2 million jobs in Michigan.
For 100 years, advertising has been treated in the tax code as an ordinary and necessary expense of doing business and that has worked well. We urge you to not to make any changes to this portion of the tax code as you seek to make reforms.
Thank you for your support!
When you email your Congressional member, please CC the MAB at [email protected]
- Click here to contact Senator Gary Peters.
- Click here to contact Congressman Jack Bergman, R-1
- Click here to contact Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-2
- Click here to contact Congressman Justin Amash, R-3
- Click here to contact Congressman John Moolenaar, R-4
- Click here to contact Congressman Dan Kildee, D-5
- Click here to contact Congressman Fred Upton, R-6
- Click here to contact Congressman Tim Walberg, R-7
- Click here to contact Congressman Mike Bishop, R-8
- Click here to contact Congressman Sander Levin, D-9
- Click here to contact Congressman Paul Mitchell, R-10
- Click here to contact Congressman Dave Trott, R-11
- Click here to contact Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, D-12
- Click here to contact Congressman John Conyers, Jr., D-13
- Click here to contact Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, D-14