The twist is there is no tax on the medal itself. Athletes are taxed on the money received from the Olympic Committee. Eliminating the Olympic money earned tax, is backed by the White House.
President Obama “supports that bill. If it were to get to his desk, he would support it,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
“The president believes that we should support efforts … to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to honor and support our Olympic athletes who have volunteered to represent our nation at the Olympic games.”
Senator Marco Rubio has introduced legislation following a report by the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), which warned that athletes could be required to pay up to $9,000 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service for each gold medal. The fee does not tax the medal itself, but the award by the US Olympic Organizing Committee of $25,000 to gold medal winners, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.
Fact-checker group PolitiFact rated the ATR report as “mostly false,” arguing that most athletes are not huge earners like swimmer Michael Phelps and would not be subject to high tax rates.
Athletes can also deduct their training expenses, which often amount to several thousand dollars per year, from their income.
Last week, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney said the presumptive Republican nominee was also against taxing medal winners.
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