Paul L. Caron

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Tax Implications Of Super Bowl LI

Super BowlForbes, Super Bowl Bet That's A Sure Thing:

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Sports Illustrated, The Super Bowl May Be in 'Tax-Free' Houston, But Most of its Players' Pay Will Still be Taxed:

As Super Bowl LI nears, much has been made of Texas being a state without an income tax. The common refrain is that Super Bowl LI is a tax-free Super Bowl.

Not so fast. Taxes have a way of extending far and wide, and that is true for Super Bowl LI.

Although Texas has no state income tax, Patriots and Falcons players who are residents of states with income taxes will still be taxed by those states. This means Tom Brady, who reportedly is a resident of Massachusetts (5.1% state income tax rate), and Matt Ryan, who reportedly is a resident of Georgia (6% state income tax rate), will not receive tax breaks while in Houston. Only Patriots and Falcons players who are residents of states without income taxes—Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington or Wyoming—avoid taxation while in Houston. This means many, and perhaps the vast majority, of Super Bowl LI players will still be subject to state income taxes.

Wall Street Journal, Tax-Refund Delay Threatens Super-Bowl TV Purchases:

Television, food and furniture sales typically spike around the Super Bowl as fans host game-day parties.

Behind the scenes, there is an additional boost: Americans flush from early tax refunds.

This year that beneficial relationship could experience strains, however, as the Internal Revenue Service complies with a new law designed to cut down on tax fraud that is resulting in tens of billions in early refunds going out weeks later than usual.

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Quote: "Although Texas has no state income tax, Patriots and Falcons players who are residents of states with income taxes will still be taxed by those states."

That makes sense. They live in those states and get benefits from the services those states provide. Schools, police, fire, and the like need to be funded in some way. If a pro-football player doesn't pay, a grocery clerk will have to pay more.

Of course, what really ticks me off are the giant corporations who draw income from all over (as in Europe), and then for legal purposes locate where the taxes are lowest.

I recently got an email from a large tech company named after a fruit with which I do business. Their legal location is moving from tiny Luxembourg to Ireland. They give no reason, but the most obvious one is tax avoidance.

Try doing that if you run a pub or a mom-and-pop grocery. That's why not hard to see why Trump defeated Hillary despite all the campaign money that companies named after fruit or large numbers poured into her campaign.

And have you noticed that these large tech companies are starting to buy up the financially strained news media? Do you really think that's not going to shape news coverage?

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Feb 5, 2017 3:08:47 PM