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You won a gold medal..now pay your taxes..

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posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 09:40 AM
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I had no idea..my sister told me..I had to look it up and sure enough it's true!


America's Olympic medalists must pay state and federal taxes on the prize money they get for winning. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards $25,000 for gold medals, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.
That's not all. Olympians also have to pay tax on the value of the medals themselves.


I guess it makes sense..we pay taxes on lotto winnings and stuff..but, it's the Olympics..is there nothing that is untouched by the government?

Dunno if this has been posted..just kinda blew my mind..and on the medal as well..pay taxes on the medal..lmao

Government always gets their share..

Thanks,
blend57




posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 09:45 AM
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Michael Phelps must be broke then lol :/






posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 09:58 AM
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originally posted by: robbeh
Michael Phelps must be broke then lol :/





Yeah he is broke on endorsements


Uncle Sam wants his cut.

I know a 2 time gold medalist from Russia
she was given multiple property's
for her wins in the Olympics.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 09:59 AM
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a reply to: blend57

Shouldn't call it prize money or an award. It should be called a donation. It's pretty disgusting that an athlete trains most of their life as an amateur, that the goverment had nothing to do with and then they get dinged to pay up money to the government it didn't earn in any way. Hmmm, sorta sounds like income tax as well.

Cheers - Dave



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 10:08 AM
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Reading further..it says that a lot of the athletes pull part time jobs and pay for their own training/equipment ..and some are given stipends..but the government doesn't provide them with any financial backing..not much anyways.

Most of them rely on local support/donations

so..if I am understanding right..they train all their lives and pay out to perform/represent our country. Provide us with the esteem of having the best athletes in the world by the amount of medals we receive..but yet..we tax their medals? Just seems weird..maybe the money..but the medals?

Says that most work part time jobs and train..

Olypians not paid like champions



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 10:08 AM
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a reply to: blend57

I find this quite ironic.

The U.S. broke away from Britain over the issue of taxation. How did it go back then ? " No Taxation Without Representation "

The irony is that British Olympic Medal Winners are not in fact taxed, either on their prize monies or value of the medals won.

U.S. medal winners would have been better off under The British system.




posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 10:14 AM
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a reply to: alldaylong


I'm just so proud that we a tiny nation are second in the medal tables right now
.
To be honest those medals are worth way more than the metal they will hopefully earn many times that in endorsements. But yeah you would have thought the actual medal was tax exempt.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 10:46 AM
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In the Philippines they pay you. And then their President digs into his own pocket to pay you more.


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Four hours after returning to the country, Olympic weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz paid a courtesy visit to President Rodrigo Duterte late Thursday evening.

Diaz was greeted by Duterte with a congratulatory salute at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City past 10 p.m.

Duterte handed Diaz a ₱5M check, an amount given by the government as an incentive for athletes to bag an Olympic medal.

Later, Duterte told the media that she gave another sum to Diaz.

"She got a ₱5M prize, I added another ₱2 million," the President said.

cnnphilippines.com...

(It's currently about 45P to $1USD) So $155,555.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:05 AM
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The part of the debate that gets very confusing. Not only do they get taxed, but they cannot use travel, food, equipment etcetera as write offs towards that income.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:10 AM
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a reply to: blend57

Its a freaking travesty.

even performance bonuses. You get a performance bonus on your check, uncle sam puts his arm over your shoulder and says, "Yeah, we had a pretty good year this year, didn't we?"

If your employer hands out gift cards, even for only $20, it could constitute tax fraud.

Sorry bastards think they are owed what we earn. The money I tried my time/life for.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:13 AM
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originally posted by: blend57
we pay taxes on lotto winnings

What?!
Here in the UK if you are lucky enough to win the national lottery then you keep all of it, no tax.
You will be liable for tax on interest earned later etc, but the initial prize money is all yours.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:16 AM
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bigfatfurrytexan

It is..so why do we do this? Other countries (as stated above) do not. Is there something I am missing? I would hope there is something that maybe is not being recognized that we do for our Olympic athletes..

I know the winners often get endorsements ..but those are from companies/businesses..what do we, as a country, give to these athletes that have given a life's worth of commitment to us? Just hope we treat them better than this..and there is some piece of the puzzle I am not seeing..that would make this look better..


grainofsand

And yes..we pay taxes on lotto winnings..we pay taxes on everything here..there are a few exceptions..but those are very few..

But hey..breathing is still not taxed!



thanks to all who left a comment..

thanks,
blend57
edit on 15-8-2016 by blend57 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:23 AM
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Not suprising. Nearly everything about the Olympics is a sham.

Tons of documentaries that show the bad practices that surround the olympics.

Olympics are the perfect example of how naive the public is. They will all choose to remain in ignorance in favor of the beautiful external.

The next great example is this american election. It's not just "mainstream" either. It's also "alternative". Just look at how many conspiracy theorist think Trump is the holy grail.

Or how many conspiracy theorists will question everything, including the earth's shape
, but won't question their God.

Okay, this was a off-topic rant. I just had to get it out. I'm just sick of hearing, "did you hear about ____ in the olympics" small talk BS. Or those fools that run around with olympic shirts on like it's the greatest thing in the world.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate small talk, sports or competition. I'm just tired of it all becoming a pervse spectal.

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posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:28 AM
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edit on 15-8-2016 by gladtobehere because: wording



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:32 AM
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originally posted by: grainofsand

originally posted by: blend57
we pay taxes on lotto winnings

What?!
Here in the UK if you are lucky enough to win the national lottery then you keep all of it, no tax.
You will be liable for tax on interest earned later etc, but the initial prize money is all yours.

America is a whole 'nother beast. Here is how the US government takes over 60% of your winnings.


Tallying the big tax bite of a $1.5B Powerball win

Of course, the first hit comes even before taxes kick in. That estimated $1.5 billion prize is only if the winner opts to take the winnings in 30 payments over 29 years. If you want the money now in one lump sum, the jackpot is a mere $930 million, a cut of 38 percent.

"If they win the jackpot, they're going to be subject to the highest federal tax rate of 39.6 percent," said Melissa Labant, director of tax advocacy for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. "It's a lot more significant than folks expect."

The U.S. government automatically withholds 25 percent of such large prizes if the winner is a citizen or resident with a Social Security number. For someone choosing the lump sum, that reduces take-home winnings by $232.5 million. Residents who don't have a Social Security number, or fail to provide one, will have 28 percent withheld and foreigners, 30 percent.

Winners will have to pony up the remaining 14.6 percent in federal taxes come tax time in April 2017. That's a bill of roughly $135.8 million you don't want to forget about amid early splurges.

So after federal taxes, you'd be left with about $561.7 million. Not bad!



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:33 AM
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a reply to: blend57

As soon as Carbon Credits scheme kicks in the breathing loophole will be closed.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:33 AM
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a reply to: blend57

we have an election with 2 candidates that no one really wants, but everyone is arguing that one is better than the other. Take a look around you....the vast majority of the people you share your nation with are morons.

And being morons, we accept crap like being fondled before boarding an airline, candidates who are known to have violated national security (and lied), a political discourse that centers around tiny hands, and a DEA that basically gave 2 giant middle fingers to the DOJ and the American People.

Short of being painted as a "fringe terrorist" for going it alone, i don't see a whole lot of choices here. So i just bend over like a good American.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:37 AM
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originally posted by: grainofsand

originally posted by: blend57
we pay taxes on lotto winnings

What?!
Here in the UK if you are lucky enough to win the national lottery then you keep all of it, no tax.
You will be liable for tax on interest earned later etc, but the initial prize money is all yours.
In the U.S. all big jackpot winnings are taxed at 39.6% yes, you read that correctly.



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:40 AM
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a reply to: 191stMIDET

This is correct. My mom has won $10k on a scratch off twice, and each time brought home just over $6k.

You win at lotto, and uncle sam puts his arm over your shoulder and says, "Man, we sure are lucky, aren't we?"



posted on Aug, 15 2016 @ 11:42 AM
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originally posted by: 191stMIDET

originally posted by: grainofsand

originally posted by: blend57
we pay taxes on lotto winnings

What?!
Here in the UK if you are lucky enough to win the national lottery then you keep all of it, no tax.
You will be liable for tax on interest earned later etc, but the initial prize money is all yours.
In the U.S. all big jackpot winnings are taxed at 39.6% yes, you read that correctly. All of our income is subject to Federal and state income tax, and then we are taxed on the things we own like our cars, and homes, and that's in addition to already being taxed when we buy those things. You actually pay for the privilege of paying. And our interests are NOT represented by our Government, so basically in a nutshell we live in Tyrrany. P.s. we are also taxed on everything else we buy AFTER that money has already been taxed. The Feds take about 23% of my pay check every week and then the state takes there cut too, and then EVERYTHING I buy with that money is taxed again and in the city I live in the food tax is almost 10% . Yes TYRRANY.



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