Accuracy in Media

The Republican tax reform bill would not lead to bonuses or benefits for their employees, according to The Atlantic.

In the magazine’s piece last month on the myths about GOP tax reform efforts, the magazine said that companies won’t invest profits from tax cuts into their employees.

Americans for Tax Reform sent a list to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard and listed more than 100 companies that plan to give their employees bonuses. Here’s are part of the list below (the full list can be viewed here):

AT&T — $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 employees; $1 billion increase in capital expenditures.

“Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world. Tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees.” – Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson

AAON — $1,000 bonus checks to 2,000 employees.

“We are very appreciative of all AAON employees and want to commemorate the passing of this historic, economy-stimulating tax reform law. While most employees are shareholders of the company and benefit as a result of the new tax law, we felt it appropriate to provide a more direct recognition of their importance to AAON’s future success.” — CEO Norman H. Asbjornson

AccuWeather – year-end bonuses to all employees. (Approx. 450 – 500 employees)

“The bonuses are possible due to the company’s robust financial performance in 2017 and strong confidence in the growing U.S. and global economy now that the Tax Bill has passed.” – AccuWeather press release

Aflac – increase 401(k) match from 50% to 100% on the first 4% of compensation plus one-time $500 contribution to every employee’s 401(k); $250 million increase in overall U.S. investment.

“We are pleased that these tax reforms provide Aflac with an opportunity to increase our investments in initiatives that reflect our company values; providing for our employees in the long and short term, ensuring future growth for our company and giving back to the community.” — Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos

American Airlines — $1,000 bonuses for every employee (excluding officers). The bonuses will total $130 million. AA had 127,600 employees as of Sept. 2017.

“Recent tax reform has received much publicity. While the company does not yet pay cash taxes due to our enormous losses in the past, there is no doubt that our country’s new tax structure will have positive long-term benefits for American. We will be able to invest even more in aircraft and facilities, and we will be able to do so with even greater confidence about the future. As we analyze those potential future benefits, our leadership team, backed by our Board of Directors, considered how a portion of that positive impact might be directly shared with the very people who produce the profits at American—all of you.

We are pleased to announce that in light of this new tax structure and in recognition of our outstanding team members, American will distribute $1,000 to each team member (excluding Officers) at our mainline and wholly owned regional carriers. These distributions will total approximately $130 million and will be made in the first quarter of 2018.” – American Airlines press release




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  • KEBLAAB

    A Rancher owns 600 acres overlapping the borders of two separate nations where he raises sheep. He owns 500 acres in Nation-A and 100 acres in Nation-B. Each year BOTH nations take a percentage of newborn sheep in taxation. Nation-A takes 35% of his ‘’yearlings” and Nation-B takes 20%. If YOU were the Rancher (a corporation/business), which nation would you herd your yearlings to annually to be divided? Nation A (the USA) or B (a Foreign nation)? Would you prefer to keep LESS than 2 in 3 of your yearlings (@35%) … or keep 4 out of 5 (80%)? Which Nation ultimately puts more sheep (dollars) into its government tax coffers: Nation-A (ZERO @35%) – or B, 20% of your newborn herd (annual profit)? Under which Nation’s tax rate will its citizens actually accrue more in net annual Tax Revenue? Under which Nations tax rates will your own herd (business) grow & prosper more in the long-run? If Nation-A “reduced” its tax rate to 20%, what advantage would there be for a rancher to herd his sheep to Nation-B … (NONE !!!)
    Now do you Loonie-Liberal-Socialists understand why LOWER BUSINESS TAX RATES actually produce MORE tax income from large multi-nationals for its government coffers ??