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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 RyanMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats 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.

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Ryan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag | Company layoffs mount as pandemic heads into fall | Initial jobless claims drop to 837,000 GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate 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 SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They 'keep moving the goal post' MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden All fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds 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.