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Multi State Tax Compliance – D.C. United v Atlanta United

Atlanta’s elite MLS team Atlanta United is prepared to face D.C. United today in Atlanta, Georgia. Any time a MLS team like D. C. United plays a scheduled match in Atlanta the state of Georgia is able to collect state tax obligations from the D.C. United players. This indicates that the state of Georgia has the opportunity to collect state taxes from all 30 players of the D.C. United MLS team even if they do not play a single minute in tonight’s match. These tax obligations are very important to sustain Georgia’s economy, and have elevated our desire to calculate approximately how much Georgia will collect from the top 6 earning D.C. United players.

A MLS athletes’ state tax contribution is structured using their salary, the number of games/matches in a sports season divided by the amount of days that game/match is being played in the state, and state tax percent.

[(An athlete’s salary) / (number of matches or games in the season that is played in the state) * (state tax percent)]

The first step when calculating an athletes’ state tax contribution is identifying what each players’ salary is for the current year.

Spotrac.com lists the 6 top earning D.C. United players and their salaries as:

  • Zoltan Stieber makes~ $1mm

  • Luciano Acosta makes~ $652K

  • Paul Arriola makes~ $639K

  • Steve Birnbaum makes~ $525K

  • Yamil Asad makes~ $520K

  • Darren Mattocks makes~ $416K

We are aware that there are approximately 34 games in the MLS season, and Georgia state tax is calculated at 6%. We have everything we need to project approximately how much the top 6 earning D.C. United players will owe the state of Georgia.

  • Zoltan Stieber will owe Georgia ~ $1,765

  • Luciano Acosta will owe Georgia ~ $1,151

  • Paul Arriola will owe Georgia ~ $1,128

  • Steve Birnbaum will owe Georgia ~ $926

  • Yamil Asad will owe Georgia ~ $919

  • Darren Mattocks will owe Georgia ~ $735


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