UHY LLP Reports: Detroit 'Jock Tax' Now Includes Travel Days

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Detroit’s jock tax is the first tax in the US to count travel days that don’t necessarily include service inside the city.

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Although Detroit already had a “jock tax” in place, it was not officially codified until early March. Detroit’s jock tax is the first tax in the US to count travel days that don’t necessarily include service inside the city. The new ordinance provides guidance to teams on how to allocate income accordingly.

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis are among cities that tax visiting professional athletes. As jock taxes go, Detroit’s is fairly generous toward pro athletes in excluding signing bonus income, but the tax on travel day is peculiar. Another unusual characteristic of the Detroit jock tax is that it is based on the season rather than the calendar year. Depending when the games are played, players could benefit or lose under the normal calendar day method.

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