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Players are Pissed at Pittsburgh

The Jock Tax is taxing for Professional Athletes

Posted on
Nov 08, 2019

Should you be taxed more because of the job you do? Professional athletes don't think so and their union's suing Pittsburgh over one of these so-called "Jock Taxes." Find out more below from The Associated Press.

Current and former professional athletes and players' unions have sued Pittsburgh over a tax levied on visiting pro athletes.

At issue are so-called "jock taxes" typically levied on professional athletes who work for short periods of time in cities.

The Pittsburgh lawsuit argues the city unfairly levies a 3 percent earned income tax on visiting professional athletes while taxing all other residents at 1 percent.

Attorney Stephen Kidder, representing the athletes, tells the Tribune-Review the tax violates the state and U.S. constitutions.

Dan Gilman, Mayor Bill Peduto's chief of staff, declined to comment.

Those suing include former Pittsburgh Penguin Scott Wilson; Kyle Palmieri of the New Jersey Devils; former baseball player Jeff Francoeur; and the players' associations of the National Hockey League, National Football League and Major League Baseball.

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