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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    We need a very public discussion about what does and does not constitute a charity. First I learn that the Mormon church used .2% of its money for charitable causes and now this...

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    So why not tax whole organization instead of individual teams? Since they clearly operate for profit and not as a charity.
    Because its not a whole organization. Its a bunch of businesses who are members of a trade organization.

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    They do profit directly. They have licensing profits, sales profits from tickets and merchandise, and they have media profits from their broadcasts. All of these things are taxable for any other for profit business in the US including entertainment, which is what they are. Not to mention they must have done some major alteration to the normal NFP organization to get the NFL in there considering that they do not abide by any of the normal regulations of NFPs. This is a pure commercial business that is being treated like a charity.
    No, the whole point is they aren't profiting. Any income they have is spent so that they don't profit.

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    Let us tax both. The NFL: is not providing a community service that is for everyone. The NFL provides an entertainment venue for sports fans. I see the purpose of the law to allow local sports leagues to operate for community benefit to provide a competitive organization for recreational players to play under. The NFL does not do this, they have a very exclusive organization which plays for the entertainment of their fans. They are not doing anything for the community, they are simply running games for profit. This means we should tax them at all levels as we would tax any other business.
    Any other business should also be zero. Any tax they pay is passed down to consumers or employees, thus theres no point in taxing them other than industry specific fees for related services. Al taxing them does is increases consumer prices.

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Because its not a whole organization. Its a bunch of businesses who are members of a trade organization.
    Cite your info.
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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'd be
    pretty happy if they just paid for their own stadiums / upkeep. given that this will never happen, taxing the league seems an acceptable alternative.

    i admit that i'm tired of paying local taxes for entertainment that i don't care about in the least. the only thing that annoys me more is the portion of my cable bill that goes to sports. i have watched ESPN a total of ten minutes in the past 14 years. i would drop it in a heartbeat of exchange it for HBO if given the option.
    I know. **** the NFL

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    Cite your info.
    Its in the OP, and the stuff you posted. The NFL 501c6 is classified by the IRS.

    To meet the requirements of IRC 501(c)(6) and Reg. 1.501(c)(6)-1, an Characteristics organization must possess the following characteristics:
    of an IRC 501(c)(6)

    1. It must be an association of persons having some common business Organization interest and its purpose must be to promote this common business interest;
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    It must be a membership organization and have a meaningful extent of membership support;
    3.
    It must not be organized for profit;
    4.
    No part of its net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual;
    5.
    Its activities must be directed to the improvement of business conditions of one or more lines of business (discussed under “The ‘Line of Business’ Requirement,” page 21) as distinguished from the performance of particular services for individual persons;
    6.
    Its primary activity does not consist of performing particular services for individual persons; and
    7.
    Its purpose must not be to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit, even if the business is operated on a cooperative basis or produces only sufficient income to be self-sustaining.
    You can even see its financials showing it does not profit.

    Nonprofit Report for NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'd be pretty happy if they just paid for their own stadiums / upkeep. given that this will never happen, taxing the league seems an acceptable alternative.

    i admit that i'm tired of paying local taxes for entertainment that i don't care about in the least. the only thing that annoys me more is the portion of my cable bill that goes to sports. i have watched ESPN a total of ten minutes in the past 14 years. i would drop it in a heartbeat of exchange it for HBO if given the option.
    The teams ARE taxed. And cities arent forced to buy them stadiums. They choose to because sports teams are an economic boon.

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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    The NFL is a charity? Laugh out loud.
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    Re: The NFL Is A Tax-Exempt Organization But One Senator Wants To Change That

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    The teams ARE taxed. And cities arent forced to buy them stadiums. They choose to because sports teams are an economic boon.
    they're forced. both of our pro sports teams threatened to leave if new stadiums weren't built. the football team even gets a piece of every non-football event that is held in the stadium. meanwhile, they cut three hundred million from public schools at the same time.

    maintenance is paid for through food / beverage / car rental / hotel taxes for all of the surrounding counties. i rarely visit the capital unless i absolutely have to, and this is part of the reason.

    sports are fine, but i don't want to be forced to fund them.

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