Appendix 5
Text of Public Service Announcements on Tax Checkoff

 

Television Public Service Announcement
February 5 - April 15, 1991

Script :30

Tax Preparer: Folks, your taxes are done except I need you to answer the first question.

Wife: Which question?

Tax Preparer: Here, (see tight of form) you need to decide if you would like a dollar of your tax to be used to publicly finance Presidential campaigns (preparer hands brochure on public financing to woman). The tax checkoff reduces Presidential candidates' reliance on large contributions from individuals and groups.

Husband: Will we pay more?

Preparer: No it doesn't change your tax or reduce your refund. It allows you to decide if you'd like a dollar of your tax to be spent on Presidential campaigns.

Narrator: Check the box yes or no. It's in your hands.

(FEC seal, address and an animated check mark in a box.)

 

Television Public Service Announcement
January 1 ­ April 30, 1992

Script :30

A message for taxpayers before they file their federal income tax returns.

The first question on your tax form asks you to make a choice-do you want a dollar of your tax to be used for the public funding of Presidential campaigns?

Presidential candidates who accept public funding must limit their campaign spending.

And, the candidates who run in November cannot accept contributions from individuals or political groups.

Make an informed choice about the Presidential election campaign checkoff.

(FEC seal and toll free number)

 

Radio Public Service Announcements
January 1 - April 30, 1992

Pre-recorded:30

Woman: Honey, we have to make a choice.

Man: A choice?

Woman: Yes, a choice. We have to answer the first question on the federal income tax return. It asks if we want to check off a dollar of our tax for the public funding of Presidential campaigns.

Man: What do you know about the checkoff?

Woman: Well, I know that candidates who accept public funds must limit their campaign spending. And, candidates who run in November cannot accept contributions from individuals or political groups.

Narrator: Make an informed choice about the dollar tax checkoff. This message brought to you by the Federal Election Commission.

Written :10

The first question on your federal income tax form asks if you want to dedicate $1 of your taxes to the public funding of Presidential campaigns. For more information, call 1-800-486-8496 and make an informed choice.

Written :15

The Federal Election Commission says that millions of taxpayers don't understand the first question on the federal income tax form--do you want to dedicate a dollar of your tax to the public funding of Presidential campaigns? For a free brochure about the one dollar tax checkoff, call 1-800-486-8496 and make an informed choice.

Written :30

The first question on your federal income tax form asks you to make a choice--do you want a dollar of your tax to be used for the public funding of Presidential campaigns? Check "yes" or "no" but don't leave the question blank. Presidential candidates who accept public funding must limit their campaign spending. And the candidates who run in November cannot accept contributions from individuals or political groups. For a free brochure about the one dollar tax checkoff, call the Federal Election Commission at 1-800-486-8496 and make an informed choice.

Radio Public ServiceAnnouncement
February 5 - April 15, 1991

Script: 30

Don't you wish you could tell the government exactly how to spend at least one of your tax dollars?

Well. . .you can!

On your federal income tax form, there's a question about financing Presidential elections. Do you want one of your tax dollars to pay for Presidential campaigns? It won't change your tax or reduce your refund. The tax checkoff decreases candidates' reliance on large contributions from individuals and groups.

Check the box yes or no. Why let someone else decide?