Commercials Reporting

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Production Types

The following production types are classified as Commercials for purposes of reporting to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan:

  • SAG-AFTRA Television Commercials 
  • SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials 
  • Infomercials

When using the Contributions Manager, please select Commercials as the agreement when submitting earnings.

Commercials Contribution Rates

Commercials Contribution Rates*

4/1/2016

18.00%

18.00%

4/1/2013

16.80%

16.80%

4/1/2009

15.50%

15.50%

*For infomercials that report to the AFTRA Retirement Fund, please refer to Network Code rates.

Commercials Contribution Ceilings

Effective January 1, 2012, no Producer shall be obligated to make contributions on behalf of any individual performer on gross compensation in excess of $1,000,000 for covered services in a contract year where all such compensation has been paid on the basis of a single contract with a single Producer.

Separate ceilings apply to Multiple Services Contracts that are covered under the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials Contract.

Multiple Service Contracts Commercials Allocation Guidelines

A Multiple Services Contract (MSC) is a performer’s agreement with a sponsor that specifies multiple services to be rendered for advertising. Examples of services include, but are not limited to, television commercials, radio commercials, personal appearances, print work, etc. Under this type of contract, the payor/signatory is required to specify the contribution amounts due to the SAG-Producers Pension Plan and AFTRA Retirement Fund. Failure to properly disclose and submit the correct amounts can result in liquidated damages and/or interest.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the signatory to make sure the contribution amounts are correct. For allocation guidelines, please refer to:

MSC Reporting Procedures

According to the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and SAG-AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract, “Producer shall designate multi-service contract status on the contribution remittance form/reports filed with the Plans/Funds when contributions are tendered in connection with services related to multiple-service agreement. Producer agrees to provide un-redacted copies of all contracts relating to services provided under such multiple-service agreements to the Union/SAG-AFTRA and to the Plans/Funds at the time of submission of initial contribution reports to the Plans/Funds.

The MSC Contract Cover Sheet is required to be submitted when reporting Multiple Service Commercial Allocation earnings.

Multiple Services Contracts Report Guidelines:

  1. A completed commercial contribution form is required.
  2. To identify a Multiple Service Contract, the Performer Category column (3) should be populated with "MSC" and the MSC box in column (10) needs to be checked as shown in the example contribution form.
  3. Companies submitting electronic reports of contributions should indicate MSC earnings with a "Y" in the Multiple Service Contract field. All current electronic reporting of contributions information can be found in the Electronic File Reporting information section.
  4. A copy of the performer's contract(s) should be submitted together with the remittance report (manual or electronic) and contribution check.
  5. 5.If a contract is submitted by another source other than the reporting company, an MSC Cover Sheet is required to be completed and included with the contract when sent to the Plan.
  6. Failure to supply the required information may result in the assessment of liquidated damages in the amount of 10% of the contributions due. Failure to supply the required information after 60 days or more may result in the assessment of liquidated damages in the amount of 20% of the contributions due.
  7. Contracts can be sent to the Plans via:
    1. U.S. Mail to: 3601 W. Olive Ave. Burbank, CA 91505.
    2. E-mail to: employercontributions@sagaftraplans.org.
    3. Fax to: (818) 953-2523 Attn: Manager, Contribution Management department.

Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of these performer agreements, we take all necessary steps to ensure their confidentiality throughout our process.

MSC Help

If you have any questions about reporting Multiple Service Contracts, please contact the Contribution Management department at (818) 973-4472.