Ad Tax Proposed in Arizona Legislature

The state of Arizona is facing a potential budget shortfall of $3 billion for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1.  Last week, Democrats in the Senate and House proposed a budget plan that would tax most business services, including advertising. 

ANA has written to the leadership of both the Senate and House expressing our strong opposition to any new tax on advertising, especially in this challenging economic climate.  We are working closely with member companies and other industry groups to oppose the bill.  The Arizona Legislature passed an advertising tax in the early 1980's but it was phased out in 1986 with the current exemption. 

If your company has substantial operations in Arizona, it would be very helpful if you would contact leadership of the state legislature to express your opposition to any tax on advertising.  Contact information is available at http://www.azleg.state.az.us/

If you have any questions or more information about this proposal, please contact Keith Scarborough, Senior Vice President, Government Relations in ANA's Washington, DC office at kscarborough@ana.net or 202-296-1883.