With Congress and the Clinton administration considering every option for financing national health care, the issue of new taxation for some or all business advertising is under consideration. In fact, some members of Congress already have proposals to reduce or eliminate this legitimate business expense for selected industries.

The federal government should not use the tax code to punish free speech about lawful products. Limiting the tax deduction for advertising expenses is bad tax policy and it is an attack on commercial free speech protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Consider the following:

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