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AFP Launches April Countdown to the Old Tax Code

Apr 2, 2018 by AFP


Grassroots group continues American Pay Raise accountability effort with new digital campaign

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity is counting down the days until Tax Day, which will mark that last time most Americans file their taxes under the outdated, burdensome tax code. As part of the organization’s American Pay Raise campaign, AFP will engage the grassroots with a digital campaign that features an interactive countdown through which activists can show their support for tax reform and urge lawmakers to protect the positive changes advanced through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The effort began April 1st and will culminate on Tax Day, April 17th, with grassroots events taking place across the country during the countdown. 

 The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the first time in a generation that Congress has successfully overhauled the tax code. Opponents of tax reform sought to block this effort at every turn and have consistently advocated for policies that place higher taxes and greater fiscal burdens on the American people. In doing so, they championed the status quo, which favored handouts to special interests and wasteful spending over allowing Americans to keep more of what they earn.  

To celebrate the end of this era, AFP is saying “goodbye and good riddance” to the old tax code and will spend the next 17 days highlighting positive changes to the tax code while also urging Congress to preserve these pro-growth reforms.

Watch: Tim Phillips kicks off AFP’s “Countdown to the End the Old Tax Code” outside the IRS building.  

Read: Tim Phillips op-ed on how tax reform is giving America a pay raise

View: AFP’s farewell card where activists can say  “goodbye and good riddance” to the old, rigged tax code

AFP President Tim Phillips issued the following statement:

“This time next year, Americans will file their tax returns under a new tax code that will bring bigger paychecks, more jobs and greater investment in a growing economy.

“While Congress still has work to do to protect and build on the positive changes to the tax code, the reforms passed last December are a big step in the right direction and Americans will continue to feel the benefits.”


AFP made tax reform a top federal priority in 2017 and engaged its nationwide grassroots infrastructure in support of a positive vision to unrig the economy. As part of that effort, AFP held more than 100 grassroots events, which saw the organization partner with local communities, elected officials and policy experts to highlight the beneficial impact of comprehensive tax reform.

In January, AFP announced that, together with its grassroots partners, it would spend up to $20 million in 2017 and 2018 to drive action around the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and ways to build on progress made through this once-in-a-generation reform. The American Pay Raise is a significant part of that effort. 

The launch of American Pay Raise complements consistent and robust action focused on promoting and preserving Congress’s historic achievement in December.


For further information or to set up an interview, reach Gabrielle Braud at or (571) 329-1846. 

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit