Wednesday, July 01, 2009

State Taxation of Professional Athletes

Earlier today, I saw this interesting entry on the Tax Professor Blog that immediately caught my attention. The article by Alan Pogroszewski takes an in-depth look at the tax issues professional athletes face in different states. I’ve included a quote from the introduction below, but you can find the full article including a helpful graph, at Tax Prof Blog.

“This article will begin with a historical look at the states’ ability to tax both their resident and those nonresidents who earn income within their borders by reviewing the Supreme Court’s interpretation whether this is within the state’s constitutional power. This will be followed by an examination on how individual states came to determine the apportionment of income of a nonresident. This section reviews the individual state court decisions that define the tax implications to off season training, spring training the post season, and the allocation of athletes playing and signing bonus for a nonresident athlete. The article then examines the practical application of this tax in whether or not states increase their overall income tax revenue by this practice. Research in this section indicates that they in fact do. The article then concludes with the practical consequences on how these laws affect individual athletes. This Article concludes with the fact that there may be at least one reason why you may want to sign a free agent client with the Tampa Bay Rays rather than with the San Diego Padres.”

To learn more about athletes who have had tax issues, check out this entry I posted to my blog a few months titled “10 Professional Athletes that had IRS Tax Problems.”

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