Saturday, July 10, 2010
Following up on Thursday's post, The Impact of Taxes on LeBron James' Decision: Weekend Wall Street Journal editorial, LeBron's Tax Holiday; Another Reason to Play in Miami:
We come not to praise or bury LeBron James, but only to note that by moving to Miami he's going to save a bundle on taxes. ... Florida has no income tax. The rate in Akron, Ohio is a little over 7%.
Mr. James figures to earn close to $100 million in salary over five seasons in Miami. According to an analysis by Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, Mr. James's net present value tax savings on his salary are between $6 million and $8 million by living in Miami versus his home town of Akron. Professional athletes do have to pay other state taxes for the dates they play in visiting team arenas, but most of Mr. James's considerable endorsement income would be taxed at Florida rates.
The tax comparisons looked even worse for two other teams in the LeBron bidding, the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. ... While LeBron's departure got extraordinary media attention, it is hardly unique. In the early 1990s, Ohio was the home of 43 Fortune 500 companies. Twenty years later the number is 24. Census Bureau data show that from 2004-2008 Ohio saw a net outmigration of $6 billion of income and some 97,000 taxpayers. Even Ohio's famously liberal Senator, the late Howard Metzenbaum, moved to Florida late in his life to reduce his estate taxes.
We feel for Cleveland fans, but maybe they should allocate some of their wrath to the state politicians who keep driving high-income individuals and their businesses to financially sunnier climes.
- AOL News, How Much Did Florida Tax Laws Factor Into LeBron James' Decision?
- Dan Mitchell (Cato Institute), Jilted Basketball Fans Should Blame the Income Tax, Not LeBron James
- New York Times, LeBron James and Taxes
- Sports Law Blog, Lebron James and his Big Decision: Thoughts on Role of Endorsement Income Potential and State Income Taxes
- Start Thinking Right, Rush Limbaugh Predicted LeBron James Would Sign With Miami Because of the Taxes
- Tax Foundation, State Jock Taxes: Is LeBron Better Off in Miami?