Cincinnati Reds Bobbleheads Up for Tax Debate

On February 21, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court said it would hear arguments from the Cincinnati Reds and Tax Commissioner of Ohio, Joseph Testa, as to whether the team has been giving away, or selling for consideration, bobbleheads with ticket purchases. The outcome will determine whether the Reds will be responsible for back sales and use taxes for years 2008-10, which amount to $88,000. Current tax law in Ohio allows items purchased for resale to be exempt from sales and use tax. The Reds had…
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US Supreme Court Denies “Jock Tax” Review, Cleveland to Refund Millions

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to review the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Cleveland’s “jock tax.” The Ohio Supreme Court previously agreed to suspend its decision while the city appealed, but now that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari, the city must begin to refund players millions. Cleveland is one of eight cities that have implemented a so-called “jock tax,” which is an income tax levied on NFL players visiting the city for a road game. The decision to…
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Cleveland ‘Jock Tax’ Ruling to be Suspended During Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to suspend its decision to strike down Cleveland’s “jock tax” while the city appeals to the United States Supreme Court. Cleveland is one of eight cities that have implemented a so-called “jock tax,” which is an income tax levied on NFL players visiting the city for a road game. The decision to strike down the tax comes as a result of two lawsuits brought by former Indianapolis Colt Jeff Saturday and former Chicago Bear Hunter Hillenmeyer.…
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