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Multi State Tax Compliance – Seattle Sounders v Atlanta United

When a MLS team like the Seattle Sounders visit Atlanta to face Atlanta United the state of Georgia receives an influx in revenue. This revenue increase goes well beyond the hospitality and food and beverage industries. In fact the state of Georgia gets to opportunity to collect state tax liabilities for all of the active Seattle Sounders team members. These tax obligations are very beneficial for the state of Georgia, and have peaked our interest as to how much money the state of Georgia will approximately collect from the top 6 earning players of Seattle Sounders.

An athletes’ state tax contribution is calculated 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)]

Our first step in calculating a players’ state tax contribution will be identifying what each players’ salary is for 2018. lists the 6 highest earning players and their salaries as:

  • Nicolas Lodeiro~ $2.302mm

  • Clint Dempsey makes~ $1.65mm

  • Osvaldo Alonso makes~ $1.141mm

  • Victor Rodriguez makes~ $1.087mm

  • Roman Torres makes~ $645k

  • Kim Kee-Hee makes~ $632k

We already know that there are 34 games in the MLS season, and Georgia state tax is calculated at 6%. So now we have everything we need to project approximately how much the top 6 earning Seattle Sounders players will owe the state of Georgia.

  • Nicolas Lodeiro will owe Georgia ~ $4,063

  • Clint Dempsey will owe Georgia ~ $2,912

  • Osvaldo Alonso will owe Georgia ~ $2,015

  • Victor Rodriguez will owe Georgia ~ $1,919

  • Roman Torres will owe Georgia ~ $1,138

  • Kim Kee-Hee will owe Georgia ~ $1,115


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