Rep. Jason Chaffetz seeks to take away tax exemption from pro sports leagues like NFL


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  • Tom in MS Madison, MS
    Feb. 3, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Wow, I had to pick myself up off the floor. A multi-billion dollar corporation has been exempt from federal taxes? It isn't for the lack of trying to be philanthropic! (Joke intended) It is a business, shares revenues with its franchises, etc., etc., and should be taxed as such.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 2, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    "Church haters would do well to remember that churches feed and clothe the poor, help with housing, organize blood drives, provide disaster relief"

    I think most people would support a tax exemption when churches do these things. However, this is a very small portion of the money used by churches.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 11:44 a.m.


    I don't disagree with doing it.

    But, good old Grover has said before that closing loopholes in tax law is akin to raising taxes and unless he is offsetting this elsewhere, Chafftez is in violation of his pledge to Grover.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    to Lagomorph

    I, too, am shocked that I agree w/ Chaffetz. The only way this legislation could be better is if it banned Billionaire owners from getting tax subsidies to build or improve stadiums.

    That said, as a Dolphins fan, Incognito is a meathead and a numbskull. However, J Martin couldn't handle the rigors of the NFL. Rather than man up and retire gracefully, he is a 2 faced weasel going out w/ a cash grab using some PC like agenda concocted by lawyer mommy who specializes in (wait for it) employment law.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 2, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    On the business side of things the LDS Church pays taxes on all ventures not used for truly religion/worship/ charity related activities. LDS own many such businesses such as city creek center and get no breaks except where profits are clearly moved into charitable/worship/humanitarian purposes. The LDS Church does not avoid taxes on their non-religious ventures.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 3:58 p.m.

    Republicans tried to eliminate loopholes when Obama and the democrats insisted on a rate hike instead.

    I guess you liberals conveniently forgot about that.

    Church haters would do well to remember that churches feed and clothe the poor, help with housing, organize blood drives, provide disaster relief (much more efficiently than FEMA ever has, no matter who is president), do community improvement projects, help wayward teens, run orphanages and counseling centers, provide job training, etc etc etc. They more than make up for the taxes they don't pay in services the government doesn't need to provide funds for.

    But feel free to rail against the churches if you wish. It is a free country. You can call evil good and good evil all you want. In fact is was prophesied in the Bible, and you are proving the Bible to be true.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 6:05 a.m.

    I doubt this will get democratic support.

  • md Cache, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:49 p.m.

    There are many organizations that should have their tax exempt status evaluated. The NFL. IHC. Credit Unions. Churches. Should we re-think all of their status?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:41 p.m.

    Chaffetz actually did something right for once. Whoda thunkit.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    You take away the tax exemption from Churches and the government can then control them. Not a good idea.
    Add up all the good they do for disasters, for the homeless, for the unemployed, etc.
    Read the article in the Des News about the young basketball players and the influence for good that the Church (or churches) has/had on them.
    Sorry, tax the NFL, but leave the churches alone.
    BTW, since Muslims are exempt from 0bamacare, you can imagine they would be exempt from taxes.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    HelioTeller said: I'd be against this move if the NFL wasn't so eager to advertise alcohol to children.

    They're advertising to Adults. It's illegal to sell alcohol to minors.

    I am curious why you think billionaires need these tax breaks?

  • HelioTeller Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    I'd be against this move if the NFL wasn't so eager to advertise alcohol to children.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    I too agree with Jason.

    kfbob: He didn't raise any taxes, he is fixing a sweatheart deal that the NFL received long ago exempting them from taxes.
    You mean like if Obama let the bush tax cuts expire it was a TAX increase on the wealthy?

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 4:18 p.m.


    He didn't raise any taxes, he is fixing a sweatheart deal that the NFL received long ago exempting them from taxes. Now if he could fix all those sweetheart deals that Obama is giving to Unions as exemptions to Obamacare Mandates, then we would have real progress.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    I can't believe I agree with Rep. Chaffetz on something.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    Surely there's a typo? Or is this the Onion? Did a Tea Party Republican just propose to close a tax loophole that benefits billionaire owners?

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    I agree with Chaffetz on this. Now if we could only do the same thing to religions, then we would really be making progress.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Wow, I actually agree with Chaffetz on something. Not used to that.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Wow! I never thought I'd agree with Rep. Chaffetz on anything, but I can support this. Pro sports are for-profit businesses that do not deserve tax exemptions intended for public service organizations.

    After this, can he take on the workplace culture within the NFL? Hazing, insults, and assaults such as that recently in the news by Richie Incognito are widespread and would constitute actionable hostile work environments in any employment situation outside of pro football. Where is the EEOC when you need it?

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    I was under the impression Chaffetz was a Republican.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Excellent congressman and after this please go after religous organizations. Both have their big shows on Sunday but it's what they do the rest of the week that should dis-qualify them from tax-exempt status.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Uh, oh! Did Rep. Chaffetz double check with Grover Norquist on this one? Chaffetz signed the pledge not to raise taxes on individuals or businesses. This is going to put him in Norquists crosshairs come election time. Not that that's a bad thing...

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Jason just kicked another field goal through the uprights.