NFL loses big tax subsidy in GOP tax plan

· November 2, 2017  
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Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Jeffrey T. Barnes | AP Images

It looks like Congress is taking steps to end some of the special tax breaks and subsidies for major sports leagues in its tax reform package.

Professional sports leagues like the NFL enjoy tax exemptions on the municipal bonds that are used to build their stadiums. A provision in Sec. 3604 eliminates this perk. If sports teams want to build new stadiums, they’re now going to pay federal taxes to do it.

These municipal bond exemptions aren’t the only tax breaks carved out for the NFL in the current tax code. On Wednesday, CRTV White House correspondent Jon Miller highlighted the special tax breaks the NFL receives and pointed out how they shouldn’t be getting them if some players want to disrespect the national anthem and flag.

Getting rid of the municipal bond tax exemptions is a great start to making sure taxpayers aren’t subsidizing a politicized NFL.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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