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Rubio introduces bill to eliminate federal tax on Olympic medals
Washington Times ^ | 08/01/2012 | By Stephen Dinan

Posted on 08/01/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate the federal government’s tax on Olympic medals, saying the levy amounted to yet another way the government tries to punish those who succeed.

Athletes who win a gold medal also earn a $25,000 honorarium — and with it an $8,986 tax bill to the IRS, according to Americans for Tax Reform, which crunched the numbers. That covers both the honorarium and the tax on the value of the gold in the medal itself.

The silver medal tax comes to $5,385, and the bronze medal tax is $3,502 — including $2 for the value of the bronze medal itself, and the $10,000 honorarium.

That could leave amateur athletes — in many cases still teenagers — facing stiff tax bills when they return to the U.S.

Mr. Rubio said that shouldn’t happen.

“Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax imposed on Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness,” the Florida Republican said.

His bill would exempt the honorarium and the value of the Olympic medal itself from any federal taxes.

Congress is currently fighting over how to adjust the broader tax code and whether to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire. But Mr. Rubio said the Olympic winners shouldn’t have to wait until lawmakers finish that job.

“We can all agree that these Olympians who dedicate their lives to athletic excellence should not be punished when they achieve it,” he said.

As of Wednesday evening, the U.S. had collected 12 gold medals, eight silvers and nine bronzes — though a number of those were in team competitions.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 112th; 2012olympics; irs; moneygrab; notnbc; olympics; rino; rubio; tax; taxes
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1 posted on 08/01/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Some things to consider:

* The men’s relay team that won gold in the 4x200 meter freestyle event would together owe nearly $63,000 to Uncle Sam for the four swimmers in the final and the three who took part in preliminary heats.

* All told, U.S. athletes have 64 medals — 27 golds, 18 silvers and 19 bronzes — which comes to a tax bill of nearly $350,000.

* Swimmer Ryan Lochte, the most-decorated American athlete so far, faces a tax bill of $23,357 for his two golds and a silver.


2 posted on 08/01/2012 8:15:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk about trivial. Rome is burning Mr.Rubio!!!


3 posted on 08/01/2012 8:16:59 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: SeekAndFind

I get severely “punished” every two weeks when I get paid. Where’s my tax relief?


4 posted on 08/01/2012 8:18:03 PM PDT by jrp
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To: marygonzo

RE: Talk about trivial. Rome is burning Mr.Rubio!!!

Baby steps my friend. If we can’t even stop a fire in one small part of Rome, how much more the entire city?


5 posted on 08/01/2012 8:20:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: marygonzo
You obviously have no talent for public relations or for making political points or WINNING!

This was great strategy, on the part of Rubio.

Please tell us you are NOT in charge of any campaigns this year?

6 posted on 08/01/2012 8:21:02 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: jrp

You earned your paycheck. Medals are prizes(gifts). Shouldn’t be taxed. Rubio is a douche, but im with him on this..


7 posted on 08/01/2012 8:22:00 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: SeekAndFind

Just wait....the PhonyCon Rubio supporters will cheer about how “conservative Marco Rubio is for helping Olympic medal winners”

Wow...going to lower taxes for 90 or so people. That just leaves 309,999,910 at the same tax rate.

And, if any of those medal winners are Illegal Aliens....KACHING....La Raza Rubio will DREAM Act you! Woo Hoo


8 posted on 08/01/2012 8:22:03 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Remember when RINOs were something you hunted in Africa?)
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To: jrp

RE: I get severely “punished” every two weeks when I get paid. Where’s my tax relief?

As I see it, Rubio’s bill has little chance of passing the Senate. Not with the Dems still in the majority and Harry Reid still the majority leader.

If you want tax relief ( not only for the Olympic medal winners but for yourself as well ), we’ll need to take back both houses AND the presidency.

I see no other way.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 8:22:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: marygonzo

It’s topical. Olympics and taxes. Congress is also set for their August recess.


10 posted on 08/01/2012 8:23:16 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Do they tax Nobel Prize money?

-PJ

11 posted on 08/01/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

RE: Wow...going to lower taxes for 90 or so people. That just leaves 309,999,910 at the same tax rate.

So, do you support this particular bill or not?


12 posted on 08/01/2012 8:24:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I KNEW O-ZERO has been raising taxes all over the place. But a tax on Olympic medals?!! How UN-AMERICAN can he get! He should be impeached.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 8:26:06 PM PDT by GodAndCountryFirst
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To: Political Junkie Too

RE: Do they tax Nobel Prize money?

FROM THIS SITE:

http://taxfoundation.org/blog/nobel-prize-award-subject-income-taxation

Pulitzer, Nobel, and similar prizes. If you were awarded a prize in recognition of accomplishments in religious, charitable, scientific, artistic, educational, literary, or civic fields, you generally must include the value of the prize in your income. However, you do not include this prize in your income if you meet all of the following requirements.

You were selected without any action on your part to enter the contest or proceeding.

You are not required to perform substantial future services as a condition for receiving the prize or award.

The prize or award is transferred by the payer directly to a governmental unit or tax-exempt charitable organization as designated by you. The following conditions apply to the transfer.

You cannot use the prize or award before it is transferred.
You should provide the designation before the prize or award is presented to prevent a disqualifying use. The designation should contain:

The purpose of the designation by making a reference to section 74(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,

A description of the prize or award,

The name and address of the organization to receive the prize or award,

Your name, address, and taxpayer identification number, and
Your signature and the date signed.

In the case of an unexpected presentation, you must return the prize or award before using it (or spending, depositing, investing it, etc., in the case of money) and then prepare the statement as described in (b).

After the transfer, you should receive from the payer a written response stating when and to whom the designated amounts were transferred.

These rules do not apply to scholarship or fellowship awards. See Scholarships and fellowships, later.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 8:26:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

RIGHT ON!

15 posted on 08/01/2012 8:26:43 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: marygonzo

Talk about trivial. Rome is burning Mr.Rubio!!!


Yes....too bad Rubio isn’t to concerned with the rest of the taxpaying public

I guess he had to do this because he is going to do his Charlie Crist impersonation for Bill Nelson....and not support Connie Mack


16 posted on 08/01/2012 8:28:36 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Remember when RINOs were something you hunted in Africa?)
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To: jrp

No KIDDING! And over the past 4 years, the punishment has gotten more severe every year!


17 posted on 08/01/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT by GodAndCountryFirst
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To: Political Junkie Too

MORE HERE:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2010/10/14/irs-is-taxing-my-nobel-prize/

Most of us will never win a Nobel Prize, but if we do, it comes with a tax bill. Our old friend the IRS gets a cut of the roughly $1.4 million USD ($10 million Swedish kronor) cash prize. The 2010 winners may not be complaining, but some may be surprised.

Martin Chalfie, won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, lamenting that since the Reagan era when the tax code was changed, the IRS collects tax on prizes just like any other income.

President Obama cleverly avoided tax on his Nobel Peace Prize last year—and got great press—by regifting it. Since Jerry Seinfeld’s eponymous series brought “regifting” out of the closet, 60% of women and 40% of men admit they regift. There’s even a “Gift and Re-Gifts” neighborhood on eBay.

Before 1986, many prizes were tax-free as long as no significant services were involved. Since 1986, though, prizes and awards are taxable.

You can decline an award, as George C. Scott did an Academy Award for Patton in 1971. You can even decline a Nobel Prize to avoid the tax. That’s actually surprising, since the tax law routinely attributes taxable income to you “constructively” when you could have received a payment but chose not to.

If you are awarded a cash prize you can turn around and give it to charity but that doesn’t avoid all the tax. Why? You can’t deduct charitable contributions exceeding 50% of your “contribution base”—generally your adjusted gross income.

The limit is even lower (30%) for gifts to certain types of organizations. You can carry over excess deductions for up to five years, but in the meantime, are paying tax on monies you’ve given away.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are going to get $10,000 each when they win their gold medals??? Really????


19 posted on 08/01/2012 8:29:53 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: marygonzo

When did Rubio move over to the house?

Doesn’t this bill have to start there?


20 posted on 08/01/2012 8:32:04 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: marygonzo
Agreed. Idiotic grandstanding, or political pandering, take your pick. If winning a gold medal in London = a $25,000 payment, that's income, pure and simple. Why it shouldn't be taxed like any other income -- like, say, my income, which is taxed mightily, I should note -- escapes me.

And what's with the insinuation here of forlorn, struggling amateurs who have finally reached the pinnacle, only to see their "sole meager reward" stripped by a rapacious government? Please. Someone like Lochte is making millions from endorsement deals. Phelps, many, many millions.

Cut spending. Cut taxes across the board. Enough with the damn gimmicks. Who can take the GOP seriously?

21 posted on 08/01/2012 8:32:32 PM PDT by DSH
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope they throw in military medals with this. I hate to see Barry start taxing the MOH, Silver Stars and Bronze Stars. That would really suck.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 8:32:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, do you support this particular bill or not?


I support lower taxes for EVERYONE. I also support secure borders, support deporting illegal aliens, and not giving illegal aliens special benefits, support Michelle Bachmann over the Muslim Brotherhood, and Bill Nelson is a liberal....


23 posted on 08/01/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Remember when RINOs were something you hunted in Africa?)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Republicans must always deal with the fact that we tend to eat our own.

This is MASTERFUL politics, what Rubio is doing!

Democrats PUNISH SUCCESS, Democrats do not promote excellence!

We have few opportunities to make this clear to the public, and to get through the liberal media filters.

Rubio comes up with a great idea -—

And the grumpy, disloyal, eat-our-own mentality of the Right comes out in full force!

24 posted on 08/01/2012 8:37:57 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: SeekAndFind

Rubio can take his politically expedient BS and shove it. They should pay taxes on it.

What the hell makes them so special? I don’t care that they “represent the country”.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 8:38:35 PM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: Kansas58

What you call masterful politics I call cheap pandering in an election year.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 8:39:49 PM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: SeekAndFind

Perfect example on why senators should never be near the White House.

But America never learns.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 8:41:55 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What if these hard working olympic medal winners just decided to say...

EFF YOUR TAX CODE! COME AND TAKE IT!

Better yet, what if millions of us do it?

28 posted on 08/01/2012 8:44:14 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kansas58

Where were they when the Olympian’s uniforms were being made in China? Marco “the illegals can stay anywhere but his house” Rubio is a Rino, I appreciate him helping out the Mexican Olympians though, oh, I meant U.S, yeah, that’s it!


29 posted on 08/01/2012 8:45:08 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: hitchwolf
And you have never won any political campaign, as a candidate or a campaign manager, have you?
30 posted on 08/01/2012 8:45:36 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

Republicans must always deal with the fact that we tend to eat our own.


Yeah...like Rubio attacking Michelle Bachmann for accurately bringing up the question of Huma Abedin’s realtionship with the Muslim Brotherhood. Too many republicans eat their own


31 posted on 08/01/2012 8:47:28 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Remember when RINOs were something you hunted in Africa?)
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To: SeekAndFind
I say make them pay it. If I publish a research paper and I receive an honorarium after it receives an award, I have to pay Federal taxes on this income.

Olympic athletes should be no different.

32 posted on 08/01/2012 8:47:47 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: DSH

How much does it cost to WIN a Gold Medal?

Will the government allow our winning athletes to deduct gym time, weight training, medical bills as a business expense, travel and other “business” expenses of these athletes?


33 posted on 08/01/2012 8:48:51 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not.

Everyone is equal, but some more equal than others..


34 posted on 08/01/2012 8:48:51 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: hitchwolf

” Rubio can take his politically expedient BS and shove it. They should pay taxes on it.

What the hell makes them so special? I don’t care that they “represent the country”.

???? It wasn’t even earned in this country. Why pay taxes on gifts? Are you on the correct site??


35 posted on 08/01/2012 8:49:25 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Kansas58

I get it. Anyone who works and has been SUCCESSFUL in keeping their job pays the same taxes..

Ya they earned a medal. Good for them. I earned a pay check. good for me.


36 posted on 08/01/2012 8:51:44 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: marygonzo; All
"Talk about trivial. Rome is burning Mr.Rubio!!!"


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37 posted on 08/01/2012 8:51:49 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: hitchwolf

Again, if they deduct there expenses, they can ALL show a “business loss” -—

Envy should be left with the Democrats, it does not belong in conservative ranks.


38 posted on 08/01/2012 8:51:58 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: unixfox

What if these hard working olympic medal winners just decided to say...
EFF YOUR TAX CODE! COME AND TAKE IT!

Better yet, what if millions of us do it?


Well... Alright. You first.

If we all stopped paying, or went on unpaid leave for a week we’d break (a already broken) government.

I pay my taxes ONLY because of the threat of jail.


39 posted on 08/01/2012 8:54:32 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: cableguymn

Would you allow the athletes to deduct their expenses?


40 posted on 08/01/2012 8:55:56 PM PDT by Kansas58
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I pay my taxes ONLY because of the threat of jail.

We can hang together or we can hang seperately

41 posted on 08/01/2012 8:58:16 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kansas58

I see your RINO Rubio’s superficial tax break is going over like a lead anvil splashing a manure pile.


42 posted on 08/01/2012 9:00:53 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Free Republic is useful, but not at all scientific.

The vast majority of conservatives will support Rubio’s efforts in this matter.

You are rather insulated and out of touch if you think otherwise.

Again, would you support the right of athletes to deduct their expenses, against any “winnings”??

43 posted on 08/01/2012 9:03:35 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Red Steel
Free Republic is useful, but not at all scientific.

The vast majority of conservatives will support Rubio’s efforts in this matter.

You are rather insulated and out of touch if you think otherwise.

Again, would you support the right of athletes to deduct their expenses, against any “winnings”??

44 posted on 08/01/2012 9:03:45 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: SeekAndFind
Thanks.

-PJ

45 posted on 08/01/2012 9:17:42 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is extraordinary that such a tax even exists.


46 posted on 08/01/2012 10:40:25 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: marygonzo

Well...taken on whole yes...but symbolically this is an excellent example of just how out of control our tax system is and with the current focus being on the Olympics this an opportune time to draw attention to it.


47 posted on 08/01/2012 10:42:00 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Kansas58

absolutely..

Any deduction they have coming. If that brings their liability to 0 more power to um.


48 posted on 08/01/2012 11:08:19 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well he certainly plays like an insider. Does he have any dogs or puppies?


49 posted on 08/01/2012 11:28:51 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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To: Kansas58
The vast majority of conservatives will support Rubio’s efforts in this matter.

So let me get this straight, you are saying the vast majority of conservatives are pandering idiots?

50 posted on 08/01/2012 11:43:37 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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