February 02, 2015
Robert Spielman, Tax and Business Services Partner, Quoted in Bloomberg Business Article, "College Sports Ticket Tax Break Would Vanish in Obama Budget."
By Margaret Collins and Richard Rubin
President Barack Obama wants to remove a tax benefit for college sports fans.
Obama’s budget proposal sent to Congress Monday would end the deduction available to some fans for donations they make to get seats at college sporting events. This is a new proposal by the administration.
By closing what the White House calls a loophole in the system, people would pay about $2.5 billion over the next decade in higher taxes. Currently, college sports fans can deduct 80 percent of the cost of such donations.
The budget plan also would end the use of tax-exempt bonds to build professional sports facilities. Debt to finance stadiums and arenas would be taxable if more than 10 percent of the location is used for private-business use.
Repealing such financing would save $542 million from 2016 through 2025, according to the proposal.
While some alumni and fans would give money to schools regardless of tax benefits, ending the deduction would hurt revenue at some sports programs, said Robert Spielman, a senior tax partner at Marcum LLP who advises high-net-worth clients.