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If opening day is the best day of the year for professional athletes, then April 15 -- tax day -- is probably the worst. Especially now that 20 of the 24 states with franchises in at least one of the four major pro leagues -- the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball -- have laws that require visiting athletes to pay state income tax for each game they play there.
As salaries have skyrocketed, the so-called "jock tax" has become widespread and controversial. Its imposition has raised questions of fairness and, for tax expert Joseph Henchman, has laid waste to the once-revolutionary prohibition on taxation without representation.
"Politicians are seeking to shift tax burdens to people that don't vote," he says. "It does create a rather disturbing trend because it essentially allows politicians to provide more government services than [citizens] are willing to pay for."
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
As far as I am concerned these celebrities and athletes can afford to pay more than we do in taxes. If it prevents the common person from having to pay more, then by all means, Shaq can dish out some green.
That's not to say that they aren't hard working people who are very talented, that would be foolish of me, however, I do believe we pay these people far too much money for something that serves only as entertainment in today's world.
We should be paying doctors and teachers these kinds of salaries.
Originally posted by Mudman21
Back on topic, I'm no tax attorney, but this tax seems unfair and does seem illegal. I live in MS but work in TN. I am only taxed MS taxes. If this law where to apply to me, I would have to move to TN as this economy is effecting me rather harshley.
[edit on 20-5-2009 by Mudman21]
Players will receive a credit on the home state tax return if and when they pay taxes to another state. So generally, the tax paid to other states offsets the tax players would have to pay their home state. I say generally, because some states like Texas & Florida don't have an income tax.