The Association of Magazine Media

Tax

MPA remains actively engaged on two main tax issues. We strongly advocate against taxation on magazines, believing it is bad public policy. Because states tax at different rates, it becomes virtually impossible to collect varying sales tax rates, causing an undue burden on the publisher and ultimately hindering interstate commerce. MPA also argues that advertising expenses should be treated like other, necessary business expenses. MPA will monitor all state and federal proposals carefully, making sure they are fair and do not place excessive, unfair taxes on magazine publishers.

Issue Summary:

A call for comprehensive tax reform has been a frequent refrain in Washington in recent years, from the Obama administration to Congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle.  Last Congress, Rep. Dave Camp introduced the Tax Reform Act of 2014, a product of...

Advertising is big business and Congress wants in on the action. Long a potential source of federal tax revenue, a pair of tax reform proposals in the House and Senate would change the current tax treatment of advertising expenses, which is currently treated as a fully deductible cost of doing...
Late on Christmas Eve, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced its partial approval of the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) request for an “exigent” (a rate increase in excess of the law’s CPI price cap) rate increase...
Short on revenue in a still-struggling economy, several states are looking to fill budget gaps by expanding their tax base. Given the possibility of Federal action removing “nexus” protection, keeping magazine subscription sales untaxed is more important than ever. While around half of the states...
Following an overwhelming show of support in a non-binding vote during the 2014 budget resolution process in March, in a surprise development, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in April moved to take up the Marketplace Fairness Act. The Act is a bill that aims to refill depleted state coffers by...
Not even a month into 2013, legislators in several states, (including Connecticut, New York and Maryland) introduced bills attempting to regulate automatic renewals and negative option offers...
After nearly two years of speeches, debates, and politicking – and the expenditure of enormous amounts of campaign cash – a closely and hotly contested campaign season concluded with President Barack Obama winning re-election on November 6. Adding to the drama of election night were the outcomes...
Despite unfinished work and deadlines fast approaching, Congress has left town for the traditional August recess. When they return on September 10th, the Senate and the House will have only a few short weeks to try and complete the business left unfinished before recessing again and hitting the...
In April, when Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at the annual MPA Washington Meeting, he deftly dodged questions about whether he would join Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate. With only three weeks before the Republican convention in Tampa, we now know the...

Find out which states have sales tax on magazines and newspapers.

In a significant international victory for magazine publishers, MPA, working in conjunction with officials at the highest levels of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and the Danish Embassy, successfully thwarted an effort in the Danish Parliament to impose a...
In an apparent effort to help the Danish printing industry, Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation is being considered by the Danish Parliament that would effectively ban magazines printed outside the European Union from being sold in Denmark.
Following an April hearing in the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law subcommittee, on July 7th, legislation supported by MPA and the Business Activity Tax Nexus Coalition passed out of the full Judiciary Committee.

MPA believes that forcing an out-of-state seller with no physical presence to pay a tax directly negates two monumental judicial decisions.

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