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Citizen Group Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign to Stop Higher Energy Taxes

For Immediate Release September 2, 2010
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700

     (Alexandria, VA) – The 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today launched an over $4 million national television and radio advertising campaign to oppose efforts from federal officials that would increase taxes on American energy companies.  The NTU spots, which stress the negative economic and job-loss impact of the tax proposals, will appear on national cable networks and on local stations in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington.  See the national cable commercial here on YouTube or click the image below.

     Congress is considering an extremely destructive “double tax,” through repealing a widely available credit that offsets taxes paid to other countries. However, this new “double tax” would apply only to energy providers here in the U.S. – meaning state-owned companies in countries like Venezuela and China will effectively receive a competitive edge over American firms. Ironically, even BP – the target of Congress’s ire over the Gulf spill – will gain a tax advantage. Also under consideration in the U.S. Senate is a repeal of Section 199 of the U.S. tax code, a manufacturers’ deduction, for only the oil and gas industry. The deduction allows companies to reinvest revenue into creating jobs and domestic economic growth.

     The two provisions help to offset the high rates and complexity that make the U.S. corporation income tax system one of the most burdensome in the industrialized world. Repealing them would not only hurt one of the few relatively well-performing sectors of our economy, it could also signal a new wave of punitive tax policies aimed at politically convenient targets. Furthermore, with heavier across-the-board burdens looming due to inaction on extending the 2001 and 2003 taxpayer relief laws, the prospect of a recovery is already tenuous.

     “These proposals have nothing to do with ‘fairness,’ ‘accountability,’ or responsibly reducing the federal budget deficit; instead, they are about imposing a double tax and an unfair burden on an industry that employs or supports over 9 million Americans,” said NTU Executive Vice President Pete Sepp. “The oil and gas sector provides abundant and diverse sources for the energy that fuels the rest of the U.S. economy. Raising costs on energy producers also means raising costs on small businesses and American families at a time when no one can afford it.”

     “Senators need to understand that there’s no such thing as a ‘painless’ tax hike, especially on energy,” Sepp concluded. “NTU’s ad campaign, backed by activities from concerned Americans at the grassroots, is intended to deliver this message loudly and clearly.”

     NTU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen organization founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom at all levels. Note: additional analyses on energy and tax policy are available at www.ntu.org; or email pressguy@ntu.org.