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From classified ads to advertisements placed by large national advertisers, advertising plays an integral role in the production of newspapers. Comprising nearly 80 percent of all newspaper revenue, advertising is vitally important to the economic stability of the newspaper industry and is a critical resource in support of high-quality original journalism. Advertising also serves to educate consumers and empower them to make knowledgeable buying decisions. In fact, the American market economy relies on the flow of truthful information between producers and consumers.

NAA works to ensure that the ability to advertise is not jeopardized by legislative and regulatory attempts to place burdens on advertising in print, digital or mobile platforms. NAA is opposed to proposals that would place unfair and unconstitutional restrictions on advertising and actively works to protect commercial speech.

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FTC Issues Policy Statement on Native Advertising

December 23, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission issued an Enforcement Policy Statement on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements on December 22, 2015.  The Policy Statement addresses occasions in which certain media outlets blur the traditional line between advertisements and editorial content, and seeks to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media.

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Transparency in Sponsored Content

July 29, 2014

This paper provides newspapers with examples of what some companies in the publishing industry are doing to provide greater transparency to consumers around sponsored content. These examples provide ways in which a publisher can help the reader differentiate between native advertising and traditional editorial content.

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Advertising deductibility threat in tax reform discussion draft

January 30, 2014

As Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) developed tax reform plans, rumors circulated all fall that both chairmen would include a provision that would change the current tax treatment of advertising as an ordinary and necessary business expense. The rumor became reality when Chairman Baucus released his “Cost Recovery and Accounting Tax Reform Discussion Draft” which proposed to limit the business deduction for advertising to 50 percent in the year the expense is incurred and to amortize the remaining 50 percent over a five-year period.  

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House Ways and Means Committee considering proposals to limit advertising deductibility

September 25, 2013

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, has been meeting with his Republican colleagues on the committee as he and his staff pull together tax reform legislation. NAA has learned that Chairman Camp is giving serious consideration to proposals that would limit the ability of businesses to deduct the cost of advertising as an ordinary and necessary business expense. This proposal is being considered as a way to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.

NAA is encouraging member newspapers to contact Republican members of the committee and urge them to oppose this proposal. If you are unable to reach your representative, please ask to speak with his chief of staff or tax legislative assistant.

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