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Tax Implications of Kaepernick’s Settlement with the NFL

More than 16 months after filing a formal grievance alleging that NFL owners and teams had colluded to keep him off the field, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has reached a formal (and confidential) settlement with the league. After the lengthy legal back and forth, Kaepernick has likely walked away with tens of millions of dollars. However, from a tax law perspective, how much of this settlement will he be able to take… Read More

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Tax Considerations for Professional Athletes in Canada

A few weeks ago we blogged about tax considerations for professional athletes playing in the U.S., this week we discuss tax considerations for professional athletes who play in Canada. Non-Resident Athletes Playing for Canadian Teams Under s.2(3) of Canada’s Income Tax Act,  non-resident individuals can be taxed by the Canada Revenue Agency if that individual has: Been employed in Canada; Carried on a business in Canada; or Disposed of a taxable… Read More

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Superbowl LIII Players Face Large Taxes on Winnings

Last week we blogged about the so-called “Jock Tax” which is levied on earnings made by professional athletes depending on which state they play in. As a result of this frequently applied levy, the big earnings made by players of both the Patriots and the Rams in this month’s Superbowl LIII are now subject to tax at various levels. Superbowl Bonuses For playing in this year’s Superbowl, every New England Patriots player will receive… Read More

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Prominent Canadian Olympic Athletes Owe Millions in Back Taxes

According to the Canada Revenue Agency, Donovan Bailey, who won the Gold Medal for the 100m sprint at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, owes approximately $2.3 million dollars in unpaid taxes. Kate Pace Lindsay, who competed in three Winter Olympics and was ranked number one downhill skier in the world in 1993 also owes significant sums to the government. Both athletes were advised by the same tax lawyer. What Happened? The Toronto Star… Read More

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Tax Planning for Professional Athletes

Professional sports is a global industry, and many professional athletes in North America will spend time in both Canada and the United States at some point in their careers. Regardless of their home team, athletes travel throughout Canada and the United States for training camps and road games. Professional athletes traveling between Canada and the United States With any amount of cross-border travel, tax planning issues can arise. For professional athletes, many of whom… Read More