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Politicians, groups step up tax law messaging for Tax Day

Politicians, groups step up tax law messaging for Tax Day
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Elected officials and outside groups are marking Tuesday’s tax-filing deadline by stepping up their messaging efforts over the new tax law.

Tuesday is the due date for people to file their 2017 tax returns, the last returns they’ll file under the old tax code.

Supporters of the tax law are touting the benefits of the new measure, arguing that the new code allows people to keep more of their money and makes the U.S. business climate more competitive. But opponents are calling attention to the new law’s large benefits for corporations and the wealthy.

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is launching a new campaign on Tuesday, called “Keeping Our Promise,” in which manufacturers will give testimonials about how the new law is helping their companies and employees. The campaign will include digital advertising ahead of the midterm elections and will build on events that the group has started to hold with GOP lawmakers about the tax cuts.

The first business that the NAM is highlighting in its campaign is Ariel Corporation in Ohio, which makes gas compressors. The company is planning to offer raises this year of up to 4.25 percent in 2018, which is on top of 13 percent wage increases the company gave last year even before the tax bill was enacted.

The NAM had pushed for a tax overhaul for years, arguing it would help manufacturers make new investments and boost jobs and wages.

The new campaign “shows that we’re doing exactly what we said we would do,” said Chris Netram, vice president for tax and domestic economic policy at the NAM.

Other groups supporting the tax law are also bolstering their campaigning as the filing deadline approaches.

For example, the American Action Network, a group closely aligned with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R-Wis.), announced that they are spending $1 million on new television and digital advertising to highlight the tax cuts. The ads, which highlight the new law’s lower rates and larger standard deduction and child credit, will run in 30 Republican-held tax districts that could be competitive in the midterms.

GOP lawmakers and Trump administration officials are also focusing on the new tax law in honor of Tax Day.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE on Monday spoke at a roundtable in Florida about the tax law, blasting the state’s Democratic senator, Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson'Hamilton' star aims to educate displaced Puerto Ricans about Florida voter ID laws Trump: ‘Maximum effort’ taking place in Hurricane Michael recovery efforts The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia MORE, for being “hostile to it.” Nelson is one of 10 Democratic senators up for reelection this year in states that Trump won.

Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy MORE, the president’s daughter and adviser, and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinDC think tank declines Saudi money amid Khashoggi controversy US lobbying firms cut ties with Saudi Arabia On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE are scheduled to tout the tax law’s benefits for individuals at an event in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Ryan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Some ObamaCare premiums to decrease next year | Sanders hits back at Trump over 'Medicare for all' | Panel to investigate rising maternal mortality rates House committee to investigate rising maternal mortality rates How the Trump tax law passed: The final stretch MORE (R-Texas) are expected to talk about the tax law Tuesday morning on cable television stations, and Brady wrote an op-ed in USA Today touting the new law.

“While we are in the midst of this year’s frustrating tax season, filing under the old, broken tax code, things look bright for next year,” Brady wrote. “That’s because we now have a new tax code that puts families first and allows for a true revival of American innovation, dynamism and economic growth.”

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups are using Tax Day to make the case against the new law.

Senate Democrats released a video Monday that argues that most of the benefits of the tax cuts so far have largely gone to corporations and wealthy shareholders. They also released a report finding that corporations have announced more than $250 billion in stock buybacks this year.

“As millions of Americans finish preparing their taxes, corporate executives are laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the Republican tax bill,” Senate Democrats wrote in the report.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury GOP has not done a good job of selling economic achievements, says ex-Trump adviser MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump attacks ‘Crazy Bernie’ Sanders over Medicare plans Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports MORE (I-Vt.) and other Democratic lawmakers are slated to speak out against the new law on Tuesday at an event outside the U.S. Capitol hosted by Tax March and Not One Penny.

The progressive organizations also held events across the country over the weekend, and Not One Penny has put up billboards around the country highlighting the tax breaks that lawmakers are estimated to get from the new law’s deduction for pass-through business income.