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The IRS Cashes In On Olympic Medal Winners

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  1. JBnTX

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    Just one more reason to abolish the IRS and completely re-do the American tax system.


    Winning a gold medal brings a $9,000 tax bill
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olymp...dal-brings-9-000-tax-bill-171555961--oly.html

    "Medalists will have to pay hefty taxes for standing on the podium in London."

    "The United States Olympic Committee rewards Olympic medalists with honorariums."

    "A gold medal brings $25,000. Silver medals get you $15,000. And a bronze is worth $10,000."

    "The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, ran the numbers and tabulated that the tax bill on a gold is $8,986, silver is $5,385 and bronze is $3,500."
     

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    Just one more reason to cut the goober-mint down to size ..... :upeyes:

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    They didn't win that.
     
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    Yeah -- I'm sure they had to drive, or be driven to, training facilities on, like, actual roads... :upeyes:
     
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  6. HarlDane

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    There are a lot of things wrong with the tax code, but carving out exemptions for athletes doesn't fix a single thing and if anything just makes the whole system more inequitable. There's no reason earning 25K swimming should be treated any differently than earning 25K mowing lawns, flipping burgers or performing heart surgery.
     
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    The Goverment works 24/7 on ways to Tax the American Worker,Had Enough ? Vote Romney 2012 !
     
  9. HarlDane

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    If they pay a dime in taxes on this income, it would be at whatever their marginal rate is. For Phelps or Kobe, that's gonna be 35%, for other athletes it's less and most won't pay anything once they deduct their expenses or turn down the prize money to keep their amateur status. This is pure sensationalism, designed to get an emotional response
     
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    Exactly. Carving out exemptions for "special groups" is why we have a system like we do.
     
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    The IRS should NOT be taxing any monies earned outside of the US! Period! We are the only (or one of the few) countries that do this, and it is STUPID!

    BTW - no one is turning down the $ to retain their amateur status. They are ALL pros now.
     
  13. HarlDane

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    There are a number of athletes in the games still attending college (or HS) who do not want to lose their amateur status.
     
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    I don't think you have to do nearly as much sensationalizing as you think to get people worked up against the IRS, our tax code, and the way our taxes are being spent.
     
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    I agree, which is why this "news story" is so pointless.
     
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    It will be the United States Olympic Committee giving them the money.
     
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    It would seem pretty easy to deduct the training costs and come up with a negative tax bill.:wavey:
     
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    I would guess for most athletes it's treated like hobby income and expenses can only offset income and can't create a net loss.
     
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    Yeah sorry but I can't get too worked up about people winning Olympic medals having to pay a bit of tax. Really? This is what we're worried about? $16 TRILLION DEBT, people. Priorities?
     
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